A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT is in effect into Wednesday due repeated rainfall. A Flood Watch is in effect for our area until 7 AM Wednesday. Where there are more pauses in the rain, totals will be closer to 2 inches but some will receive at least 4 inches of rainfall total. Creeks and streams run high and areas with poor runoff could face flooding problems. Busy commute hours could face more slowdowns, with fog and standing water on roads as well.
In this photo taken Oct. 31, 2011, central Illinois farmer Dale Hadden climbs onto a combine on the family farm near Jacksonville, Ill. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- With most of the harvest completed in Tennessee, farmers lament the loss of corn, but say timely rains that began in midsummer saved most other crops.
Cotton is expected to finish among the best per-acre yields ever.
In Portland, farmer Willis Jepson said soybeans made 55 bushels per acre -- 15 bushels more than usual. Still, the farm lost $500,000 in corn.
University of Tennessee burley tobacco specialist Dr. Paul Denton said 2012 is shaping up to be the most profitable year since the 2004 buyout that ended government price supports.
Tom Womack, a spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, said how well farmers recovered from a torrid and parched June depended a lot on where their fields were.
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