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What is today's news? | Thursday, March 17, 2022

The week is nearly over, but there’s plenty of news to catch up on.

If you’ve missed the latest, read this roundup.

On the Farm

There has always been some debate about the best height for nozzles in irrigated fields.

“Some producers have decided to reposition devices at the truss rod height back on top of the pivot pipeline due to the tall corn varieties being grown today,” Derrel Martin, University of Nebraska engineer observes. “Others opt to place sprinklers down in the canopy to try to save water. But any comparison between the options should always be between the best-designed sprinklers for above the canopy vs. in-canopy sprinkler packages for a given field in a specific location and water supply.”

Fendt introduced a dry fertilizer system option for the Momentum planter at the 2022 Commodity Classic in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Marketing manager Arthur Santos says, "We are taking orders right now. We’ve opened our pre-selling. If you pre-order a Momentum planter, dry or liquid, now, you may receive it in the beginning of November [2022]. We’ll start delivering these orders early November and December.”

He explains the features in this video.

Editor Madelyn Ostendorf covers the latest news of the spread of avian influenza across the U.S.

Today, the USDA confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a non-commercial backyard flock (non-poultry) in Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

The flock has been depopulated.

Ag Industry News

Days ahead of a possible shutdown of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd due to a labor dispute, manufacturers are rushing to move autos and chemicals, Nutrien Ltd is pre-positioning fertilizer in the United States, and grain handlers are asking farmers to hold off on crop deliveries.

"The circumstances are far more dire than ever before for any kind of railway work stoppage," says Mark Hemmes, president of Quorum Corp. "I could not conceive of a worse time."

Nutrien could weather a CP shutdown lasting a few days, since it has moved potash from its Canadian mines to U.S. stores ahead of spring planting, said interim Chief Executive Ken Seitz.

In an interview with Eric Cowling became president and chief executive officer of Helena Agri-Enterprises, Editor Bill Spiegel asks Cowling how Helena intends to grow and provide solutions for farmers.

"We’re trying to manage a global business now. There are a host of issues in the supply chain we have to fix one at a time: ocean containers, shipping, availability of trucks to take the containers from the port to the production plant. My bigger worry is, how do we function not being able to control what the issues are? Well, you have to have a plan. You have to know what your customers are doing, and plan for their success," Cowling says.

In an 11th-hour gambit to give more bargaining power to landowners in the path of proposed carbon pipelines, Republicans in the Iowa House on Wednesday converted a cosmetology bill into a one-year moratorium on the use of eminent domain for the pipelines.

“The reason we are addressing eminent domain today is because landowners who are potentially impacted want certainty,” said Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, chairperson of the House State Government committee that narrowly advanced the amended bill.

Retired farmers will have several new tax exemptions to choose from under Iowa’s new tax law, which Gov. Kim Reynolds signed last week.

Retirement income taxes will be one of the first things eliminated under the new law. Beginning in 2023, Iowans will no longer pay state tax on income from 401(k) plans, pensions or other retirement accounts.

Reynolds said the change “rewards retirees, who have worked … all their lives.”

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