NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 02, 1976
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(Studio) United States grain crop will be record this year; would have been larger if rainfall had been heavier. North Carolina has had driest year in 90 years; biggest loss in tobacco.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Raleigh, North Carolina) Tobacco big money crop here. [Tobacco grower Wilbur BRITT says rainfall about 50% off this year; last year was bad year but this year 25% off compared to last year] Corn probably off 50% but rain in next few days could save some of younger crops. Some farmers turning soybeans under; say it'll cost more to harvest than worth. Last yr's. rain came at bad time; now some of smaller farmers may have to give up. [MAN - says financial institutions will be reluctant to lend money after 2 years of losses, causing smaller farmers to go out of business] Steady 3-4 day rain needed to help and even then would be too late to help much.
REPORTER: Dave Riggs