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Evening Edition | Tuesday, July 26, 2022

In tonight's Evening Edition, catch up on the XtremeAg team's crop updates, conservation's place in insurance and the Reserve Program, and EPA's approval of a corn herbicide.

XtremeAg Crops

After a month of hot and dry conditions, XtremeAg farmers Lee Lubbers and Chad Henderson still see potential in their crops.

Lee Lubbers, farmer in South Dakota, says, "We are in drought mode again. Moisture has been pretty sparse this growing season and 100 degree days have become the norm this season."

Chand Henderson, Alabama farmer, says, "This is a busy week. The first round of fungicide is going out on our early beans. We’ll be using BASF’s Revytek."

Conservation

Congress ought to sever the link between access to reduced-price crop insurance policies and the requirement to protect wetlands and highly erodible land, said the leaders of two major Minnesota farm groups on Monday.

Federally subsidized crop insurance, now the largest U.S. farm support, is becoming the flash point in discussions about the 2023 farm bill.

So-called conservation compliance, requiring landowners to file with USDA a plan to conserve erodible lands and preserve wetlands from conversion, has been a part of U.S. farm policy since the mid-1980s.

With the current high commodity prices, agricultural producers and landowners may be tempted to remove acres from the Conservation Reserve Program, but there are important factors they should consider before making that decision.

“There’s a lot of good opportunity to help cut costs and manage general farm operations, cutting down on inputs on marginal acres, especially some of these wet areas,” South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Private Lands Habitat Biologist Ben Lardy says.

Stan Wise with the South Dakota Soil Health Coalition writes about what to consider when evaluating conservation initiatives.

Corn Herbicide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the registration of Resicore XL herbicide.

“Resicore XL herbicide offers increased crop safety and the widest application window of any Corteva Agriscience corn herbicide — along with the proven, powerful weed control growers already know and love from Resicore herbicide,” says Kelly White, U.S. product manager, corn herbicides, Corteva Agriscience.

The improved Resicore XL herbicide formulation will be available for use in the 2023 growing season.

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