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.

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