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USDA releases 2012 crop report


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released its final crop report for 2012, showing heavy losses due to the drought.

Farmers got less than three-fourths of the corn the USDA initially expected when planting was done in the spring.

The report shows a harvest of 10.78 billion bushels of corn -- 27 percent less than the 14.8 billion bushels anticipated before drought set in.

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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