The corn crop in the United States has been reduced by nine per cent representing a loss of $500 million this season by a plant blight coupled with a mild drought.
GV Crops (2 shots)
CU Corn cob with blight infection
SV PAN of crops
CU Corn cob showing blight.
SV & GV Crops men inspecting
CU Man taking off cover from cob and inspecting crop ( 4 shots)
GV farmers & man
SV Farmers Listening PAN TO SPEAKER and farmers listening.
CU Corn cob
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 7: SPOKESMAN: "...been affected by the disease to livestock. Instead of here in October, I mean September, you might well ask the question as to what brought about the disease problem. And basically it's very simple -- and those of you who have not received a release announcement and want to have one -- we have these over here. These cytoplasms look very good in terms of disease reaction.
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Background: The corn crop in the United States has been reduced by nine per cent representing a loss of $500 million this season by a plant blight coupled with a mild drought. Corn prices have already risen but the prices are not expected to remain significantly higher this winter and in 1971.
The summer crops is down by 400 million bushels compared with last year but Government officials are confident that there will be ample grain to feed livestock in the coming winter. Despite the blight losses, the corn crop is the third highest in United States history.
The disease takes the form of a fungus which rots the roots of the plant.
Government officials are making provisions to help farmers whose crops have been affected: