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Most crops on Eastern Shore survive nor'easter

LAUREL, Del. (AP) — Farmers on Maryland's Eastern Shore and in Delaware say most crops survived last week's heavy rainfall.

The Daily Times reports the nor'easter that hit the area last week left some plants covered in pools of water and fields of feed corn bent below their tips. Despite this, farmers say things could have been worse.

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After the storm hit, Hurricane Joaquin threatened to pour an additional 12 inches of rain, but the hurricane never made landfall.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says nearly half of Maryland's grain corn crop was harvested before last week's rain. About 80 percent of the crop was listed in good condition.

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In Delaware, farmers harvested 65 percent of the crop. The USDA says about 71 percent of the harvest is in good or better shape.

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