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Evening Edition | Tuesday, June 21, 2022

In tonight's Evening Edition, read about crop progress across the country, the lates in the Roundup/cancer Supreme Court case, and Brazil corn exports.

Crop Progress

In this week's report, the USDA reports corn emerged at 95% and was rated at 70% good/excellent and 6% poor/very poor.

The report also indicated that nationwide, topsoil moisture is rated as 59% adequate and 6% surplus. The previous year was 50% adequate and 5% surplus.

Above normal temperatures have Kelly Garrett, Matt Miles, and Kevin Matthews doing everything they can do reduce crop stress and preserve yields.

A fifth-generation farmer, Kelly Garrett farms corn, soybeans, and winter wheat in western Iowa.

He says, "It’s been very hot. Upwards of 8° to 10° F. above our normal temperatures this time of year. Luckily, we have received timely rains up to this point, so everything still looks healthy."

Supreme Court Roundup-Cancer Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied Bayer’s bid to hear an appeal for the Roundup/cancer case Monsanto Co. vs. Hardeman, reports Editor Gil Gullickson.

Bayer had asked the Court to dismiss a $25 million award in the case to Edwin Hardeman, a California man who blamed Roundup herbicide for giving him cancer.

The appeal was part of Bayer's plan to resolve billions of dollars of claims against Roundup and its active ingredient glyphosate.

Brazil Corn Exports

Brazilian corn exports via the Southern port of Paranagua rose an atypical 161% in the first five months of the year partly driven by a lack of product from Ukraine, according to a statement on Tuesday from the local port authority.

The volume of bulk corn exported between January and May via Paranagua reached 1.546 million tonnes, up from 591,538 tonnes in the same months of the previous year, the statement said.

The data shows how the conflict in Ukraine is making corn buyers search for supplies from alternative origins.

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