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Evening Edition | Tuesday, April 19, 2022

In today’s Evening Edition, catch up on the latest news about planting progress in the Corn Belt, the industry’s first biofungicide, and agriculture in Ukraine and Brazil.

Crop Planting Progress

The planting season has been delayed by cold weather in four of the five top corn states, a stark contrast to last year’s early start, said the Agriculture Department on Monday.

The planting window for top yields “is relatively wide,” said a University of Illinois economist, but this year’s slow start has driven up futures prices.

The XtremeAg team checks in this week with updates from Lee Lubbers in South Dakota and Chad Henderson in Alabama.

Lee Lubbers says, “Things are very slow to green up this spring due to the lack of moisture, and we have had multiple days of high winds that continue to suck away what little moisture we have remaining in our soil. Luckily, our no-till practice as well as the fact that we do not bale residue after we harvest has helped keep most of our topsoil in place.”

Crop Protection

Indigo Agriculture has registered the industry’s first biofungicide based on the microbe Kosakonia cowanii. The proprietary, EPA-approved biotrinsic product that is designed to suppress plant diseases will enter demonstration trials this crop season ahead of an anticipated 2023 market launch.

The biotrinsic by Indigo seed treatments reintroduce beneficial microbes that naturally surround or are present or within plant tissues, say company officials. The microbes enhance the natural ability of plants to protect themselves against common stresses, add company officials.

Global Agriculture

Ukraine has insufficient storage capacity even for its reduced 2022 grain harvest, the United Nations’ World Food Programme said on Tuesday, with the country struggling to export existing stocks during the invasion by Russia.

Jakob Kern, the World Food Programme’s emergency coordinator in Ukraine, cited estimates that 20% of planted areas in Ukraine will not be harvested in July and that the spring planting area will be about a third smaller than usual.

Dry weather forecast for the second half of April in Brazil’s central area, where some of the country’s largest grain producing states are located, might limit yields for the 2021/22 second corn crop, experts said.

After seeing its first crop affected by the lack of rainfall, Brazil now hopes to harvest an 88.5 million-tonne second crop, which accounts for nearly 75% of its total corn output in a given year.

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