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U.S. Spring Crop Season Jeopardized as Drought Persists

Feb 1, 2013
(Reuters)

The unrelenting drought gripping key farming states in the U.S. Plains shows no signs of abating, and it will take a deluge of snow or rain to restore critical moisture to farmland before spring planting of new crops, a climate expert said on Thursday.

"It's not a pretty picture," said climatologist Mark Svobada of the University of Nebraska's Drought Mitigation Center.