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Evening Edition | Tuesday, October 18, 2022

In tonight's Evening Edition, read about an autonomous mower, a record-breaking wheat yield, and avian influenza.

Autonomous Mower

Bobcat has announced a new autonomous mowing system in conjunction with a strategic investment in Greenzie, a startup company for outdoor equipment autonomous software. Editor Alex Gray reports.

The technology will be integrated on Bobcat's ZT6100 commercial-grade, zero-turn mower.

Learn how the mower operates and when it will be available on the market.

Wheat Yield Contest Results

The National Wheat Yield Contest has announced the winners for the 2022 contest, which is the seventh year the National Wheat Foundation has held the contest.

This year has a contest record yield of 231.37 bushels per acre that was achieved by Rylee Reynolds in Twin Falls County, Idaho.

Find the list of national winners in the article linked below.

Avian Influenza

A near-record number of U.S. chickens and turkeys have died in this year's outbreak of avian flu, as a different form of the virus than farmers battled before has infected more wild birds that then transmit the disease, officials said.

Farmers are now fighting a subtype of the H5N1 strain of the virus that survived over the summer, when rising temperatures typically reduce avian flu, said Rosemary Sifford, chief veterinary officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Read about the subtype's spread across Europe and how it is carried by wild birds.

A case of highly pathogenic avian influenza, or bird flu, was identified in a backyard poultry flock in St. Croix County, Wisconsin, last week, according to a press release issued Monday by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Seven birds were infected and have since been killed, according to DATCP’s avian influenza website.

Find out how Wisconsin has been affected by avian influenza this year in the article linked below.

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