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    field cornWillamette Valley field burning now underway, but at a fraction of what it was

    A relatively early harvest of grass seed this summer has led to an accelerated start of the Willamette Valley field burning season. But once again, with a permanent ban in place for the south valley, the amount of acreage going up in smoke this year will be a fraction of what it once was. Grass seed growers who can no longer use fire to clean the fields continue working hard to find alternatives with some, but not total success...

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