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      USDA: Drought still a threat to corn and soybean crops

      CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the condition of the country's corn and soybean crops hasn't gotten much worse in the past week but large portions remain in poor shape amid widespread drought.

      The USDA's weekly Crop Progress report says that half of the nation's corn is in poor condition. A week earlier 48 percent was in poor shape.

      Similarly, 39 percent of the soybean crop is in poor condition compared to 37 percent a week earlier.

      Large portions of both crops are grown in the Midwest where the drought is severe.

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