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  • 05/26/2017 | Moisture Aids Rangeland Recovery Timely rains are helping rangelands bounce back from wildfire damage. Extension personnel recently shared what they learned from past wildfires in other counties on the Plains and what were some of the challenges, as well as benefits.
  • 05/26/2017 | Corn Decisions Don't panic -- cold temperatures and medium- to heavy-textured soils have likely slowed the loss of nitrogen from leaching and denitrification this month.
  • 05/26/2017 | Senators: No Farm Bill Cuts At what he described as the first farm-bill hearing in Washington, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts acknowledged that the national debt is approaching $20 trillion, but he said that, between the savings from the last farm bill and a USDA crop insurance contract negotiation, "Everyone on this committee agrees that ag has already given at the store."
  • 05/25/2017 | Taxes and Export Competition Congress is debating the idea of a border adjustment tax on imported goods as an offset for lowering corporate tax rates. Proposals have suggested implementing a tax on imported goods as high as 20%. Industries have different takes on the possibilities of a BAT, depending on whether the companies rely more on exports or imports.
  • 05/25/2017 | Kub's Den In a low-volatility grain market environment, prices on any one day can seem just as unappealing as the next, making it hard to get motivated to make timely sales. Perhaps there is a best time of day or best day of the week to serve as a trigger for those decisions.
  • 05/25/2017 | USDA Weekly Crop Progress Planting and emergence for both corn and soybeans were running close to the average pace last week, making USDA's weekly Crop Progress report neutral for both crops.
  • 05/24/2017 | Todd's Take Last Thursday's 6.5% drop in Brazil's real was a black swan event for most, but it may have been a multi-million-dollar bonanza for a few.
  • 05/24/2017 | View From the Cab Brent and Lisa Judisch of Cedar Falls, Iowa, were able to complete some custom soybean drilling last week before storms brought fieldwork to a halt. Meanwhile, wet conditions near Miami, Oklahoma, prompted Zack Rendel to pull the plug on his remaining milo planting and switch to soybeans.
  • 05/24/2017 | Budget Plan Lands With a Thud The White House budget plan for USDA essentially puts down a marker for what the White House wants to see in the next farm bill.