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Big in ag: Weather watchin'

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    All things weather were big in ag this week, whether it was a long-term outlook accounting for climate change or the shorter-term implications to soybean prices caused by dry, hot conditions in South America. Click through to see more of this week's ag headlines.

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    A report released by USDA researchers this week offers a few ways U.S. agriculture could change with continued changes to the climate. Though there are many ramifications, farmers should be able to adapt to the most critical changes, the report shows.

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    Though that's a ways into the distance, there were also more short-term reports of how Mother Nature might treat farmers as this year's crop season gets underway. Depending on where you're located, weather experts had varying opinions this week as to how your season will get underway.

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    On a wider economic scale, new analysis from the Federal Reserve shows that the last quarter's seen a rise in ag lending for big-ticket purchases, though experts say it's not a sign of a slowing ag sector. Still almost half of farmers responding to a poll say expenses are edging closer to farm returns.

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    The livestock sector alone could be on its way higher if one condition holds...but it's a big 'if.' New information out this week shows with the resumption of more normal weather conditions in the coming months, the cattle market could be dishing out more profits to producers.

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    But, while it's trade show season, when ag companies are rolling out their latest and greatest machinery, it's also a good time to look back on the history of the business, from the oldest tractors in existence to the designs that fell by the wayside in decades past. Take a walk back through tractor history here.

Short- and long-term weather outlooks highlight this week's big stories in ag.

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