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What is today’s news? | Monday, March 7, 2022

Today’s headlines run the gamut from poultry to planting.

In case you haven’t caught up, here is a roundup of the news.

Livestock

Editor Madelyn Ostendorf covers the newest swine vaccine introduced by Boehringer Ingelheim to help producers fight against reproductive diseases. The vaccine, ReproCyc ParvoFLEX, works to prevent porcine parvovirus (PPV) in sows and gilts ages 6 months and up.

“When breeding herds are infected, it can cost producers unrealized potential, so our main goal in developing ReproCyc ParvoFLEX is to help prevent those losses with a safe, flexible tool,” says John Waddell, director, key account veterinarians, swine at Boehringer Ingelheim.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has today confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a commercial turkey flock in Buena Vista County, Iowa. The flock has been depopulated.

See the list of locations with previously identified cases in the articles linked below.

Equipment

A new era of farming is here. John Deere’s new fully autonomous 8R tractor can be operated without anyone sitting in the cab. 

Julian Sanchez is John Deere’s director of emerging technology. He says the tractor engine is literally started from the app on the farmer’s phone. And once the machine is out doing its job, the farmer can always check in on it.

It may be time to upgrade your planter, but good luck finding a good deal on a used one, especially 24-row planters, says Editor Jodi Henke, in an interview with Editor Dave Mowitz. Over the last year anything late model with just a few acres on it was gobbled up.

“Of the most popular planters, the 24-row planter, their tendencies on the prices were about 10%,15%, to 20% higher last year. And you’re thinking, well, that’s what we’re headed into this winter. No, it’s just actually gone nuts,” says Mowitz.

Crop Management

Farmers who have not yet done so are encouraged to take soil tests to determine how much fertilizer should be applied to fields for the 2022 crop year.

“Proper management and the utilization of soil resources are crucial to support and sustain the agricultural resources,” says Justin Calhoun, with the University of Missouri’s Department of Plant Sciences. In a report distributed March 4, Calhoun notes three fertility management considerations for 2022.

XtremeAg farmers Kelly Garrett, Matt Miles, and Kevin Matthews check in this week on weighing their early planting options against the risk of increased plant stress.

Garrett, an Iowa farmer, says, “My focus this year is going to be on reducing stress levels on the plant. As I have said before, I believe that we are in a very good position when it comes to our fertility program, and most of our yield loss is a result of in-season stress.”

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