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Jenny Schlecht

Jenny Schlecht

Editor

Jenny Schlecht is Agweek's editor. She lives with her husband and two daughters on a farm and ranch in Medina, North Dakota — a perfect vantage point for writing agriculture and rural news.

Jenny grew up on a farm and ranch outside Billings, Montana. She graduated from the University of Mary with a bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in psychology. She previously worked as a police and courts reporter and assistant city editor at the Bismarck (N.D.) Tribune.
Jenny can be reached at jschlecht@agweek.com or 701-595-0425.

"Last year at this time, when we already were watching the U.S. Drought Monitor turn redder and redder every week, we would have danced with joy to see even one of the storms we've had this year. But right now, at this minute, can it please stop?"
The markets — and the wheat markets in particular — started off on fire this week, said Don Wick of the Red River Farm Network. But as he and Randy Martinson of Martinson Ag Risk Management discussed on this week's Agweek Market Wrap, sponsored by Gateway Building Systems, most of the gains were lost by the end of the week.
Even as the central and eastern parts of the Corn Belt finally are making some planting progress, the western Corn Belt and northern Plains remain mired in wet, cold weather that has kept tractors at a near-standstill, especially in North Dakota and Minnesota, Don Wick of the Red River Farm Network and Randy Martinson of Martinson Ag Risk Management discussed on the Agweek Market Wrap.
Corn planting has begun in both Minnesota and North Dakota, but weather conditions still kept farmers in either state — or much of the rest of the country — from making much progress on that or other crops.
Planting progress across the U.S. has been slow, raising the potential that many farmers will use the prevented planting provisions of their crop insurance.
Losing the bank in town seemed like it could be the beginning of the end for the community. Instead, it revealed that there are still some business leaders who believe in small towns.
Don Wick of the Red River Farm Network and Randy Martinson of Martinson Ag Risk Management discuss what late planting in the northern Plains and Corn Belt could mean for corn, wheat and soybean markets, as well as what the Fed is doing on inflation, what inflation means for markets, how world events are impacting the markets and what to watch for in the coming week.
There's not a lot of rationing happening in the grain market right now, with grains trading at some "pretty lofty levels" during a "choppy week," Don Wick of Red River Farm Network said. Wick joined Randy Martinson, of Martinson Ag Risk Management, on this week's Agweek Market Wrap, sponsored by Gateway Building Systems.
The currently circulating strain of highly-pathogenic avian influenza spreads quickly, and depopulation is seen as the most humane method to make sure poultry suffer as little as possible and to keep the virus from spreading, said Minnesota State Veterinarian Beth Thompson.
A series of storms brought around 4 feet of snow to some parts of the region. While the storm and its aftermath continue to stress ranchers and cattle, there is optimism that it spells the beginning of the end of a dry cycle.