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Crop Weather Improves Big || Farmland Slide Rolls On

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    A mostly dry, warmer week in the Corn Belt is letting farmers move into the homestretch with corn planting. Meanwhile, the weather is less friendly in the Plains. It's that time of year when weather dominates the ag headlines. See what else you need to know this week!

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    "Over the next several days, these weather-market factors will be bearish for corn and soybeans," adds Harvey Freese of Freese-Notis Weather, Inc. "Precipitation the next five days will also be near to below normal for much of the Midwest...with only spotty rain chances allowing for plenty of fieldwork opportunities."

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    What's behind the weather improvements in the Midwest? Forecasters agree: It's all about El Nino right now. Though it's improving conditions now, it could lead to some much warmer temperatures in parts of the nation later in the spring and summer.

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    But, Mother Nature's not being nice to everyone; she's been much harsher to farmers and ranchers in the western half of the nation. New information shows just how deeply the drought's affecting not just crop potential, but general water availability in places like western Nebraska.

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    Improving crop conditions in the Corn Belt make up just one factor that should be bullish for the corn market, but that pit's "on the defensive," one economist said this week. Things like ethanol demand and a lack of feed use data are keeping corn under pressure.

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    A big piece of legislation moved forward this week: The Water Resources Reform and Development Act flew through the House of Representatives, taking much-needed lock and dam repair on the Mississippi River one step closer to reality.

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    Farmland values have been on the defensive for a while lately, and new data from the Federal Reserve show in the nation's center, the trend lower continues. But, ranchland prices have benefited from a strong cattle market. Does the lower land market spell trouble for farmers?

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    If you're checking in on the latest Marketing Talk discussions or chatting the trade in the coffee shop, make sure you're up on all the latest trading jargon, whether it's something to chuckle about or a serious market factor. Catch up with these expressions and definitions!

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    It's the time of year when a lot of things are springing to life on the farm, a time when there are a lot of beautiful sights across the landscape. Check out these 10 Ag Beauty Shots!

The weather -- both for corn and soybean planting, and early crop development -- has improved immensely over the last week, and it's got crop prospects surging. See what else you need to know this week in ag.

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