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  July 30: Nightly News Tuesday broadcast

Heavy rain could yield higher price tags for summer produce

  In the South, rainfall totals are more than 20 percent higher than normal, resulting in billions of damaged crops that could boost the average price of fruits and vegetables by 10 percent. NBC’s Janet Shamlian reports.

‘We may see a spike in peaches even nationally’

  Heavy rainfall across the southeast United States caused crop output to slow across the region. Ricky Volpe, a research economist for the USDA, warns consumers may see a spike in prices for some fruits and vegetables.

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