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Alaska Hay Crops Lower Because of Dry Summer
Officials with the University of Alaska Fairbanks say a hot, dry summer is leading to smaller hay yields in the state's interior and the Matanuska Valley.
ANCHORAGE- Officials with the University of Alaska Fairbanks say a hot, dry summer is leading to smaller hay yields in the state's interior and the Matanuska Valley.
Those areas are Alaska's largest hay-growing regions.
UAF's Cooperative Extension Service say farmers in Fairbanks, Delta Junction and Palmer are reporting yields of one-third to half of their usual harvests.
Extension agent Phil Kaspari says many farmers get a second crop of hay in August, but that harvest looks to be less than half the normal yield.
Kaspari says prices are expected to be higher as a result.
Officials say the U. S. Department of Agriculture has authorized emergency efforts on hay fields of Conservation Reserve Program lands near Delta Junction.
Farmers can apply to harvest part of the fields in the program.
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