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Millions of acres of alfalfa lost to drought, winterkill

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Mantorville, Minn. — It’s been a difficult spring for thousands of dairy farmers across the Midwest who rely on protein-rich alfalfa to feed their cows.

Farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin have lost nearly two million acres of alfalfa this year.

It’s a perennial crop that normally regrows after winter. But the punishing effects of last year’s drought weakened the plants, and the long, icy winter killed many of them off.

For Minn. corn farmers, a patchwork of lean vs. plenty

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LeRoy, Minn. — While there are some dry spots around the state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates Minnesota’s farmers will produce slightly more corn this year than last year.

Because of different weather patterns, some farmers will be blessed with a relative plenty. Heavy rains in some parts of Minnesota have helped famers salvage their crop during the worst national drought in half a century.

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