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Midwest drought challenging Northwest dairies

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

The impact of the Midwest drought on grain production is affecting dairy producers in the Northwest.

Cash-flow has become a serious issue for many Northwest dairies, according to the Washington Dairy Products Commission.

Producers have been in the negative a good six months, said Robert Smit, a Lynden, Wash., producer and chairman of the Commission. Recovery is another year or two down the road,

The drought has doubled grain prices. Smit's mixed grain has gone from under $200 a ton to more than $400 a ton, and he's expecting hay prices, around $210 a ton now, to go to more than $300 a ton this fall.

Read more at Capital Press.

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