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Evening Edition | Wednesday, July 20, 2022

In tonight's Evening Edition, catch up on the news about corn herbicides, crop insurance, and soy-based tires.

Corn Herbicides

Valent U.S.A. has received EPA registration for Maverick Corn Herbicide, a new tool for corn farmers in their fight against resistant weeds.

Maverick has three effective modes of action for long-lasting, broad-spectrum control of problematic weeds, including waterhemp, Palmer amaranth, marestail, and annual grasses.

Maverick will be available later this year, pending state registrations.

Crop Insurance

Billions in taxpayer dollars could be saved over the next decade if the 2023 Farm Bill puts a cap on federal subsidies paid to farmers who purchase crop insurance, according to a special report published Tuesday by the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC).

Currently, the U.S. government pays out more than $7 billion annually in crop insurance subsidies, with the majority going to the largest farms. 

The report says a cap would impact relatively few farmers, have little effect on total insurance use and make resources available for conservation programs and other initiatives that help farmers further reduce the risk of weather-related loss.

Soy-Based Tires

Goodyear expands its line of soy-based tires in a continuation of the company's goal to increase the use of soybean oil in place of petroleum-based oil, reports Editor Alex Gray.

The Goodyear Metro Miler G152 and G652 tires for transit buses and the Endurance WHA waste haul tire are now made with soybean oil.

Goodyear’s use of soybean oil in tire production currently takes advantage of the significant surplus of oil available beyond what is used in food production.

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