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Hot weather takes toll on wheat

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REARDAN — Too much heat and too little rain this summer are taking a toll on the winter wheat crop in eastern Washington.

Joel Zwainz on Monday estimated that his family’s 3,400-acre farm near Reardan will produce 30 to 50 percent less wheat than last year.

“Not every year can be a great year,” Joel Zwainz said. “You gotta take the good with the bad.”

The Spokesman-Review reported Tuesday that farmers estimate this year’s crop is down an average of…

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