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USDA final report details crop losses to drought
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its final crop report for 2012, showing heavy losses due to the drought still gripping much of the nation.
The year-end report shows farmers got less than three-fourths of the corn the agency initially expected when planting was done in the spring.
The report released Friday shows a harvest of 10.78 billion bushels of corn, 27 percent less than the 14.8 billion bushels anticipated before drought set in.
The number in the final report is slightly more than the agency's December estimate of 10.72 billion bushels and still marks one of the largest corn harvests in U.S. history.
Farmers say better crop technology saved them from more devastating losses, and production was helped by the large number of acres planted this year.
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Posted: Saturday, January 12 2013, 02:08 PM CST
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Tornado watch in effect for parts of west Oklahoma
May 23, 2013 19:27 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A tornado watch is in effect for parts of western Oklahoma and northwestern Texas just days after a monstrous tornado hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore and left 24 people dead.
The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center says the tornado watch will remain in effect through 10 p.m. Thursday.
Forecasters say tornadoes and damaging winds are possible and hail is likely in the watch area.
Meanwhile, storms that lingered over the Oklahoma City area brought flooding to some areas Thursday.
A number of roads in the metro area had to be closed Thursday morning due to high water. Cars and people were stranded in places and forecasters recommended residents delay traveling until the waters recede.
The latest storms come after a deadly tornado hit Moore on Monday.
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