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What is today's news? | Monday, February 28, 2022

Before the evening chores, check out today's latest news.

Here is a roundup of the headlines in case you've missed it.

Technology and Machinery

Editor Alex Gray writes about New Holland’s Speedrower Plus series, which has increased power, new technology, and a fresh design for 2022.

“When we released the model year ‘22 New Holland, Speedrower Plus, basically the entire unit was redesigned from the head all the way back through the rear axle,” says Lena Bioni, product marketing manager for New Holland. “Its features improved a lot of the productivity, with faster infield operations and transport speeds.”

Editor Chelsea Dinterman covers today's news from Syngenta.

The company has announced a one-of-a-kind tool to place sustainability insights into the hands of farmers. The Sustainable Outcomes in Agriculture (SOA) standard is available through the Cropwise Sustainability app.

“Sustainability assessments do not have to be a time-intensive process – users who leverage Cropwise Sustainability typically complete a 20-30-minute farm assessment and receive immediate results,” said Liz Hunt, Syngenta sustainable and responsible business head, in a news release.

ReClaim sprayer technology was introduced by Precision Planting in January 2022 at the company's annual Winter Conference.

In this video, marketing manager Bryce Baker explains the technology, which is in beta.

"We live in a miraculous age," says Jerry Nelson. "Thanks to modern technology, we can order a pizza, Facetime with Grandma, and upload your latest TikTok video – all while motoring along at 70 mph in your self-driving car."

Nelson reflects on the Shoebox Method of storing memorabilia, which might seem inefficient, but brings a huge delight factor.

Hot Topics in Agriculture

Editor Madelyn Ostendorf covers the latest in the spread of avian influenza.

The state of New York reported two additional cases of avian influenza last Thursday. One case was reported in a flock of captive wild birds in Ulster County, and the other in a backyard flock of mixed species birds in Dutchess County.

The USDA has quarantined the premises, and birds on the property have been depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease.

While pressing China to live up to its trade commitments, the United States will focus increasingly on how to defend its economic interests in dealing with an unreliable partner, said U.S. trade representative Katherine Tai.

China and the United States are the two largest economies in the world and their overall relationship is “profoundly consequential,” said Tai on the closing day of USDA’s annual Outlook Forum.

Drought cost California’s agricultural sector $1.2 billion and 8,750 full- and part-time jobs last year, according to a new report prepared for the state’s Department of Food and Agriculture.

It is the latest evidence that climate change is upending the country’s most productive agricultural region.

Last year was one of the driest in California’s recorded history, and many farmers’ water usage was also constrained by new conservation policies.

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