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Fire causes USDA report delay

04/16/2012 @ 10:16am

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will delay issuing its crop progress report on plantings of corn and other crops, likely until Tuesday, due to a server outage after a small electrical fire, a USDA press officer said Monday.

The crop progress report, originally scheduled for release at 4 p.m. EDT, won't come out Monday as data for the report still must be processed once the servers come back online, said Alex Minchenkov, a press officer at USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

NASS will still issue reports on potato stocks, turkey hatchery data and commercial hatchery production on time on Monday pending resolution of the server issues, Minchenkov said.

The crop progress report from NASS, issued weekly during the growing season, lists planting progress and overall condition of crops like corn and wheat in major producing states.

USDA temporarily shut down its headquarters Monday after a small, early-morning electrical fire.

-By Owen Fletcher, Dow Jones Newswires; 312-750-4120; owen.fletcher@dowjones.com
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April 16, 2012 11:08 ET (15:08 GMT)
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