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What is today’s news? | Thursday, February 17, 2022

Before you're busy with weekend plans, be sure to catch up on the latest agriculture news.

Below is a roundup to help keep you informed.

Crops and farmland news

Editor Gil Gullickson covers Bayer's new postemergence row crop herbicide. The herbicide will have a new mode of action and is slated for commercialization by the end of the decade.

If all goes according to plan and regulatory controls are received, this would be the first commercialization of a new herbicide mode of action in row crops, such as corn and soybeans, since the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Young Iowa farmers need an advantage to buy farmland — especially pastureland — over government entities that would purchase it for public parks, some Republicans in the Iowa Senate argued Wednesday.

“I think we need to make sure that Iowa continues to be an agricultural state, where these young folks have an opportunity to buy and purchase property and not compete with their own government,” Sen. Dan Zumbach, R-Ryan, said in a Natural Resources and Environment committee meeting.

Editor Megan Schilling reports the basics, value, and potential tile drainage has for soil health.

Underneath 50 million-plus acres across the nation are miles of tile quietly keeping fields in prime condition for growing crops.

Soils that tend to hold water longer, flat land that can’t shed water, and fields that have spots prone to saturation are suited to tile drainage. Depending on the issue, this practice enables the soil to act more uniformly.

Editor Alex Gray writes about Damon Carson, founder of repurposedMaterials, who makes newfound "treasure" his business.

With everything from old concrete blocks to billboard vinyls, and hockey glass to military cargo parachutes, repurposedMaterials has what you could call an eclectic inventory of items just waiting for their second life.

Avian influenza update

Editor Madelyn Ostendorf covers the latest developments in avian influenza.

A commercial turkey flock in Webster County, Kentucky, has reported that the birds did carry avian influenza. The flock had been awaiting test results after a non-negative result was returned on Monday.

This is the second case of avian influenza in the state. The first case resulted in the depopulation of 240,000 chickens from a flock owned by Tyson.

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