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Evening Edition | Monday, August 8, 2022

In tonight's Evening Edition, read about the USDA Crop Progress report, dry weather in the western Corn Belt, and financial support in livestock and conservation.

Crop Progress Report

In today's Crop Progress data from the USDA, 90% of corn is silking, slightly behind the five-year average of 93%.

For soybeans, 89% of the crop has bloomed, just over the five-year average of 88%.

This week, 86% of the winter wheat crop has been harvested, 5% behind the five year average.

Weather in the Corn Belt

Hot weather returned to the Corn Belt in the first week of August 2022, week-ending August 6, as this was the fourth hottest first week of August in 30+ years for the Corn Belt, according to data from WeatherTrends360.

There will be a brief reprieve from the heat in the western Corn Belt in the second week of August, week-ending August 13.

Temperatures will cool relative to recently in the early to mid-part of the week with hotter weather returning, especially in the western Corn Belt, later in the week. Eastern areas will be cooler than their western counterparts.

Editor Natalina Sents Bausch reports on corn pollination progress in Iowa.

USDA’s Crop Progress Report released Monday indicated topsoil moisture condition in Iowa is 20% very short, 30% short, 48% adequate, and 2% surplus.

Matt Welte, farmer in Woodbury County, Iowa, says, "“Potential is still very high for the subpar conditions we’ve had." As the crop moved through pollination there were several hot days, but cooler evening temperatures were helpful.

Livestock and Conservation Funding

The United States loses an average of 17,000 beef producers each year, said House Agriculture chairman David Scott in filing legislation that would increase USDA support of small producers and help them find local and regional markets for their beef.

The bill would boost the premium subsidy for Livestock Risk Protection insurance by 20 percentage points, to as high as 75%, for small ranchers with 100 or fewer cattle, and would create a formula for indemnity payments whenever the farmer’s share of retail beef prices falls below 51.7%.

Producers would pay $100 per year to be eligible for payments.

The climate, tax, and healthcare bill passed by Democratic senators on Sunday included $20 billion to ramp up USDA’s voluntary land stewardship programs, a potential windfall for climate mitigation ahead of the 2023 farm bill.

The bill would prioritize practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase climate resiliency.

The funding would become available over a three-year period beginning Oct. 1 and be available through fiscal 2031.

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