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Milk production continues to improve in Wis., Minn

MADISON (AP) -

Milk production continues to improve in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where dairy farmers had a stronger August this year than they did last year.

Wisconsin dairy farmers harvested 2.3 billion pounds of milk last month. That was 5% better than in August of last year.

And in Minnesota, production totaled 753 million pounds, a 3% improvement.

California is easily the nation's top milk-producing state, but No. 2 Wisconsin is closing the gap. In August 2011, California produced 59% more milk than Wisconsin did. Last month, California's margin was down to 43%.

California dairy farmers harvested 3.3 billion pounds of milk last month. That was a 6% decrease

Overall, milk production nationwide remained about constant at 15.3 billion pounds.

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