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What is today’s news? | Monday, April 11, 2022

In today’s roundup, catch up on the latest crop progress for this planting season, machinery sales trends, and further spread of avian influenza across the country.

2022 Crop Progress

The USDA released its second Crop Progress report Monday afternoon.

As of Sunday, the report pegged corn planted at 2%, compared to 3% for the previous five-year average. “By next week, I look for the rating to fall way behind the five-year average,” says Al Kluis, Kluis Commodity Advisors.

Watch the video below for additional numbers.

The XtremeAg team checks in this week with their planting and crop progress across the country.

Matt Miles finishes up planting corn in Arkansas, Kelly Garrett waits for his soybeans to emerge in Iowa, and Kevin Matthews’ wheat application is shut down for now in North Carolina.

Machinery

According to recent data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, ag tractor and combine sales declined for the first time since July 2021.

Total farm tractor sales in the U.S. fell 21.1% in March compared with a year ago.

The pandemic shut down many of life’s activities, but it provided the accelerant that stoked an already red-hot trend toward online machinery and parts sales, writes Editor Dave Mowitz.

Some auction houses have gone entirely online with machinery and land auctions. Equipment dealers report sales of used equipment being made online to farmers several states away.

Avian Influenza

For the first time this year, officials identified highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in domestic flocks in Montana and Colorado.

Also reported today is the first case of HPAI in a commercial flock (turkey) in Kansas.

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