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Published July 08, 2010, 05:05 PM

North Carolina drought conditions impacting crops

RALEIGH, N.C. — Crops in several North Carolina counties are being affected by moderate drought conditions created by a lack of rainfall and high temperatures.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Crops in several North Carolina counties are being affected by moderate drought conditions created by a lack of rainfall and high temperatures.

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources said Thursday that 18 counties in western and northeastern North Carolina are in moderate drought status, the least severe of four drought categories. Several other counties have abnormally dry conditions.

Officials say pastures and hayfields have been depleted of soil moisture and corn is showing signs of drought stress.

This is the first time since August the state has experienced drought conditions.

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