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Published September 19, 2011, 09:07 AM

ND ranchers selling hay to drought-stricken states

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Farmers and ranchers in the Dakotas and other northern states are making hay in more ways than one. Northern producers enjoying a good hay crop have been selling to their counterparts in southern states hit by drought.

DICKINSON, N.D. (AP) — Farmers and ranchers in the Dakotas and other northern states are making hay in more ways than one. Northern producers enjoying a good hay crop have been selling to their counterparts in southern states hit by drought.

"We have shipped out a hundred loads so far," Dave Schmidt, of Belfield, told The Dickinson Press (http://bit.ly/nxzrFm ) for a story published Sunday. "They don't care if it is round bales or square bales. They want it."

Scott Habiger, owner of Habiger Hay Farms in Kinsley, Kan., said he has hauled hundreds of loads of hay from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming. South Heart producer Bobby Kubas sold 1,500 bales through Habiger.

"People are putting up three times the amount of hay they need," he said. "It's just going to go to waste if we don't move it.

"When it is all said and done North Dakota won't have enough hay for them down there," Kubas said. "It's unfortunate they are so dry in the south."

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