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Spared from drought, Wash. state farmers enjoy good yields and high prices

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Farmer Justin Waddington, foreground, repairs a combine during a wheat harvest in Washington state's Yakima Valley. Growers in the Pacific Northwest are benefitting from high prices created by the drought affecting the Midwest. Waddington grows corn, wheat and alfalfa. According to him, as the price of corn spikes, as it's doing now with the drought, wheat and soybeans follow because farmers substitute the other grains in animal feed.

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Waddington watches newly harvested wheat pour into a truck in Washington state's Yakima Valley.

There are other factors affecting farmers' good luck in Washington. A frost that struck the northeast in late April will be "every bit as devastating as the drought" to this fall's apple harvest in Michigan and New York, according to Mark Seetim, director of regulatory and industry affairs at the US Apple Association. Farmers in Washington, the nation's largest producer of apples, face a good crop and a reduced supply from other regions.

Watch the video below to hear farmers reflect on their good fortune amid the suffering of others.

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