Ike's Remnants Batter Farm Crops in South, Midwest

(AP) -- From Texas rice farms to Midwest cornfields, some farmers in the path of Hurricane Ike's remnants saw profits sink as strong winds battered crops.

Along with prospects of lower yields, those farmers will have to take more time to harvest as they slowly move equipment through fields to scoop up crops knocked down by the storm. And that means farmers have to spend more money on fuel to keep combines in the fields longer.

Kentucky agricultural extension agent Mike Smith says the storm's timing was "devastating."

But crops elsewhere got a needed soaking.

University of Illinois ag professor Darrel Good says heavy rains in central and northern Illinois came too late to help the state's corn crop. But Good says the moisture could give a late boost for soybeans after an extended summer dry spell.

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