QUINCY, Wash. -- Russ Kehl can't help but smile when he peels back an ear of corn out of his field.

What makes it look good here is it's pollinated all the way to the top. We got kernels all the way to the top, said Kehl, as he pointed out the signs of a good ear.

Kehl grows feed corn, and because of drought problems in the rest of the country, Washington state feed corn will attract higher prices from area feed lots. All he has to do is hold on until the harvest in about six weeks.

A lot can go wrong between now and then, but Kehl and other farmers are optimistic they will have good crops going for higher than normal prices.

Kehl isn't celebrating. He feels for his fellow farmers who lost entire crops due to the ongoing drought in the Midwest and East. He said he also feels for everyone who will have to pay more for produce to put on the table this year. But he added he has had his share of bad crops too and has to take advantage of any conditions that improve his outlook.

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