September 19, 2012 12:00 AM

Hay a real cash crop for Columbia Basin

Hay is Washington’s fourth highest valued crop, at $713.6 million for 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That’s after apples, wheat and potatoes. Washington has 780,000 acres of hay, with about 380,000 of them alfalfa. In 2011, about 3.4 million tons of hay was produced by Washington farmers.

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