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Most of South Dakota Winter Wheat Crop Holding up Well

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Soil moisture is still showing the effects of last summer's prolonged drought. Topsoil moisture supplies are rated only 47 percent adequate to surplus, and subsoil moisture is 44 percent in those categories.

Shea Moisture apologizes after everyone slammed its ad: 'We really f-ed this one up'


The hair care company Shea Moisture apologized Monday after social media backlash over an ad it released last week. It shows white women, and just one woman of color, talking about "hair hate" and how Shea is their go-to product--prompting cries of whitewashing. The product, founded in Harlem in 1991, has a strong African-American customer base. Please know that our intent was not, & would never be, to disrespect our community," a candid statement posted to Shea Moisture's Facebook page read. "You guys know that we have always stood for inclusion in beauty and have always fought for our community and given them credit for not just building our business but for shifting the beauty landscape," the post continued.

Two-by-fours are not actually 2-by-4--here's why

Popular Science

"Two by four is a colloquialism," says Mark Stephens, the vice president of Woodworkers Source, an Arizona-based company. The phrase 2-by-4 "rolls off your tongue a helluva lot easier" than the truth, he says. But the origins of the 2-by-4 are more complicated than an old-timey lumberjack deciding to round up. To create a beam or plank of wood, one must start by chopping down a tree. "And then you cut that tree up into chunks" called cants, according to Stephens.

Report: Kansas Winter Wheat Struggling Amid Lack of Moisture

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The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday in its weekly update that 46 percent of the wheat in Kansas is rated as poor or very poor. Another 42 percent is in fair shape, while 11 percent is in good and 1 percent is in excellent condition.

California Continues Cold but Still Without Much Moisture

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"With almonds being the first flowering crop and extremely susceptible to frost, we are deeply concerned for our grower-owners and all California farmers who are affected by these freeze conditions," Mark Jansen, president and CEO of Blue Diamond Growers, said in a statement this week. The cooperative represents more than 3,000 of California's almond growers.