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A tobacco leaf wilts in fields located off Hwy 264 East due to the frequent rain Pitt County has been this season. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.   (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily  Reflector)
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A tobacco leaf wilts in fields located off Hwy 264 East due to the frequent rain Pitt County has been this season. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013. (Aileen Devlin/ The Daily Reflector)

Wet weather damages harvest

By Michael Abramowitz

The Daily Reflector

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Agriculture experts said Tuesday that the summer’s unusually wet weather has taken a toll on some Pitt County crops, and weather forecasters said that soggy conditions could last through the harvest season.

Wet conditions at the beginning of the planting season in eastern North Carolina led to delays lasting weeks in some cases, altering normal crop growth patterns, according to N.C. Cooperative Extension agent Andy Burlingham.


“The high rainfall had a large effect on the tobacco crop, ripening the plants quickly, instead of in stages from the bottom up,” Burlingham said. “That happened because the rainfall leeched important nutrients from the soil.”

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