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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...

  • 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.

  • 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

    Rain is delaying soybean planting for DTN View From the Cab farmer Zack Rendel in Miami, Oklahoma, but his planted corn and milo love the weather. In northeastern Iowa where DTN View From the Cab farmer Brent Judish farms, it is hot and dry.

  • Donated fencing supplies and hay sit at Ashland Feed and Seed in Ashland, Kansas, on May 17. This area was the main drop-off point in the town after the March 6 wildfires. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    United Recovery

    A small town's population did the best it could to manage donated supplies, as well as get them out to those who needed them most.

  • Cattle are again grazing on rangeland in southwestern Kansas and northwest Oklahoma after severe wildfires burned through the region in early March. Englewood, Kansas, rancher David Clawson examines his water tank in mid-May as the recovery process continues. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    Rising From the Ashes

    As some ranchers in the Southern Plains rebuild their homes, as well as fences, they have hope for the future thanks to their faith, a helping hand from neighbors and strangers, and heavier-than-usual rains after wildfires had hit in March.

  • Organic products are in more than 82% of American homes. There are a number of states in which 90% or more of households now buy organic on a regular basis, and even the lowest levels all hover around 70%. (Graphic courtesy of the Organic Trade Association)

    Organic Sales Rise

    A survey by the Organic Trade Association showed organic sales hit $47 billion in 2016, topping $40 billion for the first time. One factor actually slowing down the industry is the need for more organic feed grains.

  • 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

    Hail on Saturday in northeastern Oklahoma shredded some corn leaves and shattered some canola that was drying in windrows on DTN View From the Cab farmer Zack Rendel's farm. Despite another wet week at Brent and Lisa Judisch's farm outside of...

  • Cattle graze in mid-May on rangeland hit by wildfires that spread March 6 north of Englewood, Kansas. Extension educators from Kansas and Oklahoma counties that saw wildfires in previous years say moisture is the key to grassland recovery. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)

    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.

  • 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

    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...

  • 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

    Corn planted on Easter Sunday and the following Monday is up and stands are good on View From the Cab farmer Brent Judisch's farm in Cedar Falls, Iowa. In Oklahoma, Zack Rendel said it is finally dry enough they could start planting.

  • 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

    For View From the Cab farmer Zack Rendel of Miami, Oklahoma, his corn that was planted in mid-March is surviving the weather, but it is ready for some sunshine and heat. On Brent Judisch's farm outside Cedar Falls, Iowa, rains have been lighter, but soil...

  • 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

    Continued rain in Iowa and northeast Oklahoma last week kept View From the Cab farmer Zack Rendel of Miami, Oklahoma, from starting his soybean planting and prevented Brent and Lisa Judisch of Cedar Falls, Iowa, from finishing planting the last 25% of...