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Crop Report: Idaho Farmer Grows $628,000 of Marijuana, And Some Corn

(CBS/AP)

JEROME, Idaho (CBS/AP) Authorities say a southern Idaho farmer unwittingly watered and fertilized more than 300 marijuana plants among his corn fields, and raised a pot crop valued at $628,000.

The Jerome County sheriff's office says the farmer found the plot of pot growing between the green stalks of unripened corn early Monday and called authorities.

The sheriff's office says the 314 low-grade marijuana plants would have been ready for plucking in the next month or so - just before the corn harvest.

A detective says the valuable weed was started from seed and relocated to the field, a common way marijuana growers hide their plants.

Authorities have ruled out the farmer as a suspect, citing at least two other similar cases reported in the past year.