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What is today's news | Friday, January 28, 2022

Are you kicking off the weekend being well-informed of the latest news?

In case you missed it, here is a roundup of today's headlines.

Machinery

Technology editor Laurie Bedord caught up with Igino Cafiero at the 2022 CES in Las Vegas to learn more about John Deere's new fully autonomous tractor.

Cafiero, founder of the recently acquired Bear Flag Robotics, explains how engineers worked to make the autonomous machine safe.

A central Iowa partnership has emerged to encourage the use of cover crops in farm fields in the watersheds of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers in an effort to boost the quality of the metro’s major sources of drinking water.

Polk County will buy a $600,000 tractor that is tall enough to straddle rows of corn and apply cover-crop seed during the summer while the corn is still growing.

It’s a cutting-edge technique that is expected to yield better success with the cover crops, which are used to reduce soil erosion and flooding, boost soil quality and help limit fertilizer and chemical seepage into rivers.

Crops News

The need to stay on schedule in moving grain from storage to buyer becomes more and more important as winter marches on.

The overall price trend is higher with futures, recently closing at or near contract highs. Not selling is working. However, the reality is that you likely must sell or, at least, move grain sooner than later.

If you want to stay in an ownership position (long), then consider various paper tools.

Like so many things impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA is extending the sign up process for the Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) program for farmers until June 30, 2022 or later. 

Originally, these flexibilities were expiring this month. “Our priority is to keep our producers and partners as safe as possible, while at the same time continuing to provide the best service we can,” Marcia Bunger, administrator of USDA’s Risk Management Agency says.

Iurii Mykhailov is an agricultural journalist in Ukraine and a contributor to Successful Farming. Mykhailov writes, "Though at the moment there is no panic among the Ukrainian population, the situation may dramatically change with the beginning of military actions. Without the active military conflict between Russia and Ukraine there is and will be no impact on the agricultural production in Ukraine as it has had no impact since annexation of Crimea in 2014."

He continues, "In the event Russia occupies Ukraine, the entire economy of Ukraine collapses. This includes agriculture with the collapse of production, input supplies, and logistics chains. Accordingly, there will be no agricultural exports in any significant volumes, and this collapse may continue for an undefined period of time."

Livestock

Editor Jodi Henke says, "Consider raising livestock for their hair coat. You can spin up a nice profit by selling fiber for luxurious sweaters and other garments."

Chris McLaughlin is a fiber farmer in California and has written a book called “Raising Animals for Fiber: Producing Wool from Sheep, Goats, Alpacas and Rabbits in Your Backyard”. Listen to the interview below.

A dairy does not survive alone on simply putting numbers down on a balance sheet. It’s the day-to-day operations, often extremely repetitive, that done efficiently and effectively can make a difference.

Daryl Kleinschmit, dairy research nutritionist for Zinpro Corporation, outlines five dairy practices that can provide immediate payback to the producer. Read the full article here.

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