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The peak of the 2015 drought in Washington state occurred during the last week in August, when 85% of the state was categorized as “extreme drought” — shown in red. (Image: Washington State Department of Agriculture.)

Farmers in Washington state lost at least $336 million to the drought last summer, a preliminary estimate likely to climb as more figures on yields and prices became available, according to a report by the state Department of Agriculture, the Capital Press of Salem, Ore., reported.

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