AGRICULTURE: Harvest of Worry

For months, across much of the nation's farm belt, crops and livestock have been savaged by freezing weather, ice storms and incessant rain. Record floods turned vast stretches of rich loam into great bogs of mud, delaying or barring altogether the planting of spring crops. The weather has at last turned bright, and farmers are racing to make up for lost time. But opinions now differ as to whether enough corn and other crops will be produced this year to boost supplies and hold down soaring food prices.

The Nixon Administration, which has sought to raise output this year...

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