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Evening Edition | Tuesday, June 28, 2022

In tonight’s Evening Edition, read about predictions ahead of the upcoming USDA report, machinery news, and the next chapter in Successful Farming’s long legacy.

Pre-Acreage report estimates

USDA will release its latest acreage estimates on Thursday, June 30. In the meantime, industry groups have been conducting their own surveys.

Farmers Business Network (FBN) expects corn acreage to exceed USDA’s March estimate of 89.49 million acres. Despite weather-related planting delays in the Northern Plains, increased corn acres in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Ohio likely helped push the corn acreage number to an estimated 90.4 million acres, the company says.

Kluis Commodity Advisors and Successful Farming teamed up to conduct a survey ahead of the June 30 report as well. Nearly 600 farms from across the country participated. Results project 91 million acres of corn and 89.5 million acres of soybeans were planted in 2022. Al Kluis summarizes the other projections in his latest column.

High tech agriculture news

A multimillion dollar partnership between Guardian Agriculture, developer of the first fully autonomous crop protection aircraft system, and Wilbur-Ellis, a marketer, distributor, and manufacturer of ag products, speciality chemicals, and animal feed, will provide Wilbur-Ellis customers with the ability to access state-of-the-art technology.

For less time and money than it would normally take, the Guardian Ag’s fully electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft system can safely, securely, and precisely apply crop protection products. The autonomous aircraft can carry multi-hundred-pound payloads, giving it the ability to handle a wide range of applications. Equipped with four 6-foot propellers and an overall 15-foot aircraft width, the system can cover 40 acres per hour.

Monarch Tractor, maker of a fully-electric autonomous tractor, had its petition for use of its driver-optional tractors without a human operator denied by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health in a 3:4 vote.

Despite the ruling, Monarch will continue to work with Cal/OSHA to gather data and clarify safety regulations. Read more in the latest from new products editor, Alex Gray.

The latest iteration of the long-running video game series, "Farming Simulator 22,” features virtual replicas of over 400 agriculture machines from real-life manufacturers across North America and Europe like Case IH, John Deere, New Holland, CLAAS, Massey Ferguson, and — with this latest expansion pack — Kubota. New products editor Alex Gray shares the details of this popular game in a recent article.

Successful Farming turns a page

Gil Gullickson has been named editor-in-chief of the Successful Farming brand, effective July 1. He will replace Dave Kurns, who is retiring after 33 years with Dotdash Meredith.

“Gil is a lifelong practitioner of the art of service journalism. He is committed to creating meaningful connections with farmers and helping them be their best,” says Marty Wolske, Successful Farming publisher.

I spent seven years in the newspaper business and 33 years here at this company, so my “40 seasons” will draw to a close with the July issue of Successful Farming magazine, says Dave Kurns.
“I won’t miss the deadlines, but I will miss the people — a loyal, happy family that will create a new legacy,” Kurns said in his farewell column to readers.

This summer, there will be 80 years of editorial experience, wisdom, and industry respect that will walk out of the door of Dotdash Meredith. Sad, of course. But we are so proud of their legacy here and across the industry, says Kurns.

Dave Mowitz has been the consummate entrepreneur. He has built a nearly 40-year career at Successful Farming covering almost every subject.

Jodi Henke has been the voice of more than 8,000 radio episodes over 15 years.

Successful Farming’s copy editor, Paula Barbour, sweats the details, and we treasure every serial comma and every correction.

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