Evening Edition | Wednesday, August 3, 2022
In tonight's Evening Edition, read about agricultural groups' priorities for the farm bill, the soybean harvest outlook, and new technology for soil sampling.
Farm Bill Priorities
Farm groups say it is a top priority for their growers to preserve the crop insurance programs.
“Crop insurance is our best safety net, and we can go from there,” says Tom Haag, first vice president of the National Corn Growers Association.
The American Soybean Association wants to push for more money for both nutrition programs like SNAP and the crop subsidies that fall under “Title One” of the farm bill.
“The pork industry does not have a lot of asks, but our main asks are around supporting labs, vaccine banks and insurance for catastrophic loss,” says Terry Wolters, immediate past president of the National Pork Producers Council.
Soybeans in key growing areas of the U.S. Midwest will likely face more hot and dry conditions during August, their critical growing month, that could threaten harvest yields, according to weather forecasts.
"We have got some terrifically big areas that are dry," says Don Roose, president of U.S. Commodities in West Des Moines, Iowa. "Does the 70% that is good make up for the 30% that is under stress?"
Rains during the next few weeks – a period when soybeans progress through their critical pod-filling stage of development could still revive stressed soybeans.
Technology for Soil Sampling
Editor Alex Gray writes about Precision Planting’s new Radicle Agronomics system.
It focuses on saving time and eliminating error-prone processes in soil sampling and testing and is designed for professional crop consultants.
Cutting out several manual steps of the traditional soil sampling and testing process empowers agronomists to focus on collecting more data and fine tuning recommendations for their farmer customers.