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ICYMI farm news highlights | Wednesday, January 5, 2022

We’re halfway through the week and in case you’ve missed it, here is a roundup of recent news making headlines.

Crop Production and Machinery

The latest Ag Economy Barometer was released on Tuesday and four of every 10 large-scale farmers and ranchers report difficulties in buying inputs ranging from fertilizer to farm equipment parts.

“Supply chain issues continue to haunt the agricultural sector,” said economists James Mintert and Michael Langemeier, who oversee the barometer. “Forty-five percent of respondents said that tight farm machinery inventories impacted their machinery purchase plans, and 39% of producers in this month’s survey said they’ve experienced difficulty in purchasing crop inputs for the 2022 crop season.”

Looking to maximize crop productivity in 2022? Managing soil compaction is a key and the University of Minnesota Extension Northern Soil Compaction Conference is a great place to learn from experts and receive technical advice to increase yields and profit. The virtual conference is set to be held January 26 and 27.

Cover crops are a pillar of regenerative agriculture and are generally seen by environmentalists as a valuable practice in traditional agriculture. It is an approach to farming that aims to restore soil health and curb emissions through crop rotation, livestock grazing, cutting chemical inputs, and other practices. Check out this article to learn more from Midwest farmers about the cover crops on their farms.

With the introduction of the all-electric T7X compact track loader, Bobcat is advancing the future of how work is done while eliminating carbon emissions.

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