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What is today’s news? | Thursday, March 10, 2022

As the week marches on, be sure to catch up on the latest news.

From precision spraying to youth safety on the farm, these are today’s headlines.

Crops

BASF’s Smart Farming joint collaboration with Bosch includes precision spraying technology the firms call Smart Spraying.

The strategy teams machine-learning algorithms with computer vision to enable “green-on-green” spraying that distinguishes between weeds and crops in-season.

A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report shows use of no-till, crop rotations, more efficient irrigation methods, and advanced technologies have climbed in recent years.

“This latest CEAP report shows that farmers have done an outstanding job over the years in using innovative conservation strategies that help mitigate climate change,” said NRCS Chief Terry Cosby.

The report also revealed that cropping patterns have changed over the years in response to climate, policy, trade, renewable energy and prices, presenting a nutrient management challenge.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine will slash wheat exports from the countries by a combined 12%, said the Agriculture Department on Wednesday in an initial assessment of the short-term impact of the war.

Nations from Europe to Asia and Africa will import somewhat less wheat in coming months in the face of higher prices and reduced supplies from the Black Sea region, it said.

Editor Dave Kurns checks in from Commodity Classic this week. He writes, “This year, Cory Bratland, chief grain strategist for Kluis Commodity Advisors, pitched in to share his insights on the current run-up in prices; the global trade situation; and more.”

Check out this article for four factors currently driving the huge rally markets.

Machinery

If you are looking to upgrade backhoe loaders, be prepared to wade through a proliferation of accessories and options employed by manufacturers to “niche out” their machines, writes Editor Dave Mowitz.

Whether you are a repeat or first-time backhoe buyer, you’ll need to determine exactly what capacities you require before heading to an auction or dealer’s lot because the array of models available can be confusing.

Editor Laurie Bedord writes about the new direction John Deere is taking as it looks to the future of agriculture and how it can best support farmers.

As part of its plan, Deere wants to increase its digitally engaged acres from more than 315 million to 500 million worldwide, with 50% highly engaged by 2026, across 1.5 million connected machines.

The company also wants to help farmers improve nitrogen use efficiency 20% by 2030, which is a good indication of where the company will be focusing its “sense-and-act” investments in the coming years. 

Avian influenza update

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Jasper County, Missouri; a commercial pullet flock in New Castle County, Delaware; and a commercial broiler flock in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.

Editor Madelyn Ostendorf writes that all flocks have been depopulated.

Safety on the farm

Ag Safety Awareness Program Week is March 7-11 and today’s focus is youth safety.

According to the Agricultural Children Safety Network, tractors are responsible for 41% of accidental farm deaths of children under 15. According to the National Children’s Center, approximately 650 people die in ATV/UTV incidents each year, with up to 50% of these incidents involving children.

The risks are real. Read this article to learn more about safety for youth on the farm.

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