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Rain helping wheat crop

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WASHINGTON--  A crop actually benefiting from all this recent rain is wheat.  Workers with the Washington Grain Commission say the unusually wet spring has given a boost to the amount of wheat they're able to harvest.

The rain this month has been especially helpful to farmers.  Workers call June rain the 'million dollar rain' because each inch can lead to a dozen bushels.

"In terms of long term, farmers will be set up real well planting their winter wheat this fall.  It's going to look very good for them.  This is an incredibly unusual spring we've had, anyone in eastern Washington can attest to," Scott Yates, with the Washington Grain Commission says.

But it's not all good news.  The rain and cold weather has also brought with it stripe rust disease, which can reduce the yield for some farmers.