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  • A March wildfires scorched Steve Rader's ranch in the Texas Panhandle. The fires killed about 85 of his 520-head cattle operation, and wiped away about 60% of his pastures. (DTN photo by Todd Neeley)

    Hope, Pastures Return

    As pastures recover in the Texas Panhandle after March 6 wildfires, ranchers such as Steve Rader carefully plan on how to rebuild their herds.

  • Shamrock, Texas, rancher Trent Cadra's pastures are bouncing back after March wildfires in the Texas Panhandle. (DTN photo by Todd Neeley)

    Wildfires Wake-Up

    March wildfires that burned 325,000 Texas Panhandle acres have opened eyes to seeing dangers in the countryside and how important pasture management can be to help prevent future fires.

  • Zack Rendel of Miami, Oklahoma, (left) and Brent and Lisa Judisch of Cedar Falls, Iowa, are this year's featured DTN View From the Cab farmers. (Courtesy photo of Zack Rendel; DTN photo of Brent and Lisa Judisch by Pamela Smith)

    View From the Cab

    Ample subsoil moisture is helping Brent and Lisa Judisch's corn and soybean crops weather the hotter, drier c0nditions at their farm near Cedar Falls, Iowa. Drier weather also helped Zack Rendel of Miami, Oklahoma, wrap up his wheat harvest, but also led to crusting issues...

  • Chaz and Lori Rutledge's Texas ranch survived the March wildfires when winds shifted in time to prevent the fire from broaching the fence line behind them. Also pictured are their children, Milly, 2, and Hudson, 1. (DTN photo by Todd Neeley)

    Still Standing

    If the wind hadn't shifted at the last minute, Texas ranchers Chaz and Lori Rutledge would have lost their home in a March 6 wildfire.

  • Ron Suppes, a Kansas farmer, testified Wednesday about the importance of foreign food aid and its long-term benefits for U.S. farmers. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

    Defending Foreign Food Aid

    A House Agriculture Committee hearing on Wednesday focused on international food aid in the farm bill and drove home debate on President Donald Trump's budget for foreign aid. Supporters of strong international food aid programs said heavy emphasis on food aid saves on...

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