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March brought mostly positive numbers for U.S. sales of agricultural tractors and combines, with a decline in sales of midsize tractors pulling overall numbers down slightly, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

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Most Progressive Forage readers handle pesticide applications with their employees.

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Lower supplies across the Northwest are setting the stage for improved profitability for the region’s hay producers in 2019, according to the latest Northwest Farm Credit Services’ Hay Market Snapshot. Beyond inventories, the quarterly update notes that the 2019 growing season both home and abroad, domestic demand, trade talks and exports factor into the 12-month outlook.

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Many variables remain, but the USDA’s initial estimate of 2019 acreage devoted to major crops indicates little change in the area harvested for dry hay compared to a year ago.

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All 14 senators from the seven-state Colorado River Basin (Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming) joined to introduce the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Authorization Act.

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