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Midwest drought could help Washington growers

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- While drought conditions are causing problems for growers across the Midwest it could actually help farmers in Washington State.

Unlike the Midwest, growers here are still seeing their usual yields. However, the threat to Midwest field crops like corn and grain is driving prices up all over the US. That means growers here stand to benefit, and the Washington Department of Agriculture says water won't be a problem here this year.

"We've got irrigation available and there is an adequate supply of irrigation water, so there's no concern in terms of water available to crops for their production," says David Knopf with the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

While the department says Washington growers will likely see gains this year, they didn't want to speculate on exactly how much.

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