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Evening Edition | Monday, October 17, 2022

In tonight’s Evening Edition, get caught up on how weather is affecting crops across the globe, read about four farmers' experiences across the U.S., and learn about a USDA proposal for poultry.

Weather for Agriculture

Almost all of Kansas and nearly half of Missouri are in severe enough drought to activate a federal program meant to help ranchers who have lost grazing acres for their herds, triggering millions of dollars in assistance.

Eighty-five of Kansas’s 105 counties have been eligible for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s livestock forage program, which offers cash assistance to ranchers in severe, extreme, or exceptional drought. In Missouri, 47 counties are eligible as of last week. 

Find out which counties are eligible in the article linked below.

With planting roughly halfway complete, the 2023 U.S. hard red winter wheat crop is already being hobbled by drought in the heart of the southern Plains, wheat experts said.

Planting plans may be scaled back in the U.S. breadbasket despite historically high prices for this time of year, reflecting rising global demand and thin world wheat supplies projected to end the 2022-2023 marketing year at a six-year low.

Hear from Kansas and Oklahoma farmers in the article below.

Moving into the third week of October (week-ending Oct. 22) some areas of the country will be feeling a bit wintry. 

A widespread freeze is expected to descend across the eastern half of the country by mid-week. This will end the growing season for a large portion of the east.

Read more about the forecast in this article.

U.S. soybean exports are trailing their normal autumn pace despite rising supplies from an accelerating harvest, as low river levels have slowed the flow of grain barges to export terminals, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data issued on Monday.

Low water on the Mississippi River and its tributaries slowed the delivery of grain barges to export terminals along the Gulf Coast, where some 60% of U.S. crop exports exit the country.

Find out how much gray has been inspected for export in the past week by reading the article below.

Scarce and patchy rain forecast for Argentina's main breadbasket regions will likely compound a difficult start to the season for key crops including wheat and corn, a farm weather expert said on Monday, as drought conditions mostly prevail.

Rains are expected only for northern portions of the fertile Pampas region later this week, while key farming areas like northern Buenos Aires and southern Santa Fe provinces are likely to see no rainfall at all.

Find out how far behind the corn crop planting is so far this year.

The USDA released its weekly Crop Progress report today. As of Oct. 16, 94% of the corn crop has reached maturity, ahead of the five-year average of 92%.

Corn and soybean harvest has accelerated, mostly due to dry conditions that have allowed farmers to make progress.

Read more about the data in the article below.

USDA Poultry Proposal

Poultry processors could be required to test birds for salmonella bacteria before slaughter and for so-called indicator organisms during processing under a USDA proposal aimed at reducing food-borne illnesses in raw poultry. 

Under the framework, the Food Safety and Inspection Service might create an enforceable standard to prevent sale of poultry with high levels of the bacteria.

Learn about the three major points identified in the proposal that will move standards to risk-based regulation.

Farmers Around the States

Editor Natalina Sents Bausch interviews Jon Iverson, Oregon farmer and former chair of Farm Bureau’s national Young Farmers & Ranchers committee.

As farm manager, Iverson works with his team to make the best crop rotation, chemical, and agronomy decisions for the operation. He also handles spraying, plus all the farm’s crop contracts except hemp and tulips.

Learn how his involvement with Farm Bureau has helped him build the confidence to tell his farm's story and pursue leadership opportunities.

As the combines finish up their last acres, trial data helps XtremeAg farmers Kelly Garrett, Matt Miles, and Kevin Matthews make key decisions for next season.

Garrett, who farms in Iowa, says, "This is the time of the year when I get pretty excited. We are finally starting to see the data and results from the product trials we conducted this season. This is how we determine what will become part of our standard program going forward."

Check out what Miles and Matthews are experiencing on their farms in the article below.

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