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What is today’s news? | Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The headlines are buzzing with topics ranging from crop protection to farm shows.

Catch up on today’s news below.

Crops and Land

Editor Chelsea Dinterman covers the potential risk of soybean cyst nematode present in soybean fields.

Planting soybeans back-to-back may seem like an ideal way to cut costs in light of heightened input costs and fertilizer shortages, but planting in soybean cyst nematode (SCN) infested fields could have economic and agronomic impacts. 

“SCN reproduction is greater in hot, dry growing seasons, and many soil samples collected at harvest from field experiments in Iowa in 2021 have very high end-of-season SCN population densities,” said Iowa State University nematologist Greg Tylka in a news release from the SCN Coalition.

Bayer has launched the Prosaro PRO 400 SC Fungicide for cereal growers to protect against head scab and reduce the presence of deoxynivalenol (DON) levels, leading to superior grain quality.

“Prosaro PRO fungicide is another innovative solution for cereal growers to protect their fields against foliar and head diseases,” said Lindsey Aagesen, Bayer’s U.S. marketing segment manager – cereals, in a statement. “As a foliar fungicide that provides excellent disease protection against head scab and foliar diseases in wheat and barley, this new crop protection product raises the standard of what is expected from cereal fungicide performance.”

On the Emmonses’ farm near Leedey, Oklahoma, cover crops and no-till management are in place to improve the soil organic matter and water infiltration, and reduce input costs.

Every one of their 1,800 acres grows a cover crop, and their cash crops these days are so diverse they’re hard to count. Soil organic matter has jumped, and water infiltrates the soil as if it were a sponge. On top of that, input costs have plummeted.

Corn rootworm is a devastating insect for growers and there is no silver bullet to get rid of them. Being proactive and putting the right practices into place can help reduce their numbers.

Editor Jodi Henke interviews Jim Lappin, the director of the Simpas product portfolio with AMVAC. He says rootworm pressure can vary from field to field, but you can estimate where it might be a problem.

Hot Topics

In less than a week, the USDA has reported three cases of bird flu, from the Shenandoah Mountains to the Mississippi River.

They were the first confirmations of HPAI in U.S. domestic flocks in two years. The disease, which can quickly wipe out a flock, can be costly.

The Renewable Fuel Standard, which guarantees corn ethanol and other biofuels a share of the U.S. gasoline market, results in the release of at least as much carbon “and likely at least 24% higher” greenhouse gas emissions than the petroleum it displaces, say scientists who studied the program’s first eight years.

Biofuels are often proposed as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit the scope of climate change.

“As policy-makers worldwide deliberate the future of biofuels, it is essential that they consider the full scope of the associated trade-offs, weighing the GHG and other environmental externalities alongside each fuel’s benefits,” said the group of nine scientists.

Ryan Roossinck of Tractor Zoom shares his 10 tips for how to do the Farm Show Interesting Iron-style.

He says, “My point is that everybody comes to this show with a different background, and that’s something that we can embrace as members of the ag community. Have some ice cream with an apple grower from West Michigan, or a pork loin sandwich with a combine tech from Iowa; they’ve all got stories to share, and almost invariably, they’re all pretty friendly folks!”

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