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What is today’s news | Monday, February 7, 2022

The week is just getting started, but there’s no shortage of news.

In case you missed it, we’ve rounded up the top headlines to get you back up to speed.

On the Farm

Editor Bill Spiegel uncovers the mystery of soil test data. He says, “Farmers mainly look at fertility recommendations for nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), and potassium (K) with little thought to the remaining test results. But the rest of the numbers tell a lot about the field.”

Learn the basics of soil tests and the fine details that become the foundation for your cropping system.

Get to know Alex Gray in his story about becoming the New Products Editor at Successful Farming.

Here is a peek: “I’ve had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember. Really, it’s one of the only things I’ve ever felt good at. When I had the opportunity to apply for a job at a publication as prestigious as Successful Farming, I made the leap. Not only would I have the chance to get back to writing, but I’d also have a whole new well of knowledge to dip into and become an expert on.”

Editor Laurie Bedord covers the hydroponics technology behind HydroGreen.

When limited precipitation made supplying feed for his cattle a challenge, especially when competing with neighboring dairies for quality feed, Dihl Grohs developed a low-maintenance, sustainable substitute for producing feed.

The rancher’s fully automated system grows nutrient-rich feed ingredients, like barley and wheat, year-round in a controlled environment with minimal use of land, labor, and water. With the push of a button, HydroGreen performs all growing functions including seeding, watering, lighting, harvesting, and reseeding.

Sunflower growers have new tools to combat key insect and disease problems, with recent EPA approval of label expansions for Capture LFR insecticide and Ethos XB insecticide/fungicide from FMC.

“The use approval of these tools provide sunflower growers access to much-needed new and effective solutions to address the wide pest spectrums and soilborne diseases they face,” said Eric Castner, regional technical manager for FMC.


The XtremeAg team checks in with an update this week. Arkansas farmer Matt Miles says, “Last year we started planting on March 16, and this year we’re hoping to get started on the last day of February. Of course, that will all depend on the weather forecast, but we have our plan in place if we get the opportunity.”

And Iowa farmer Kelly Garrett says, “It has been a dry winter so far. Although it is a better time of the year to have a drought, I would like to see a little more moisture in the soil as we approach planting season.”

The first full week of February 2022 will be one of the driest in more than 30 years from Rio Grande do Sul to southern portions of Mato Grosso, Brazil, according to data from WeatherTrends360. While dry weather is favorable for soybean harvest, dry to drought conditions in southern Brazil and Argentina have caused many analysts to lower expectations for soybean harvest.

Dryness will also persist for the growing regions in Argentina. In fact, the first full week of February 2022 will be one of the driest in 30-plus years across the major soybean growing regions of Argentina.

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