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Evening Edition | Tuesday, October 25, 2022

In tonight's Evening Edition, read about U.S. nitrogen exports, wheat displacing grassland, and harvest progress in the top five corn growing states.

U.S. Nitrogen Exports

U.S. exports of nitrogen fertilizers jumped to a multi-year high this summer after surging natural gas prices in Europe drove up costs of producing the crop nutrient there, making U.S. shipments more competitive.

Exports from the United States, the world's third-largest producer, soared to 370,000 short tons of nutrient in August, more than double the year-earlier total, according to the most recent U.S. Census Bureau data, compiled by industry group The Fertilizer Institute for Reuters.

Read on to learn why there may be a global dislocation rather than a shortage of nitrogen fertilizer.

Great Plains Grasslands

U.S. and Canadian farmers plowed up about 1.8 million acres of Great Plains grasslands to plant crops in 2020, according to a report released Tuesday by the World Wildlife Federation.

The report also showed that, for the first time since 2016, wheat surpassed corn and soy as the leading crop driving annual grasslands loss across the entirety of the Great Plains, and not just within the northern Great Plains. 

Find out more about the shift in crops in the article linked below.

Harvest Progress

Editor Natalina Sents-Bausch covers the harvest progress of the top 5 corn growing states.

For example, Pennsylvania farmers have harvested just 20% of the state’s corn for grain crop, a gain of just 3% from the week prior. The five-year average for this time of year is 42% harvested.

Click the article below to see the data for Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Colorado, Ohio,

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