The Nation: Swollen Silos, Edgy Farmers

Crops are up, prices are down, and Washington is getting set to step in

In southern Washington, Farmer-Rancher Monte Shaffer, 49, surveyed 2,000 acres of hilly farm land—one-third of his tillage. The fields should have been rippling with mature wheat; instead they were creased with furrows. Shaffer had plowed most of the land under when it produced nothing more than weed-choked stubble only a few inches tall. Land that only two years before had yielded 50 bu. of wheat an acre is yielding a mere 13 bu. this year. But Shaffer said: "I'm more concerned...

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