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What is today’s news? | Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Before you call it a day, catch up on the latest agriculture news.

From weed control strategies to news from Ukraine, here is a roundup to help keep you informed.

On the Farm

Editor Alex Gray writes about the published author and columnist for Successful Farming, Jolene Brown, as she talked about communication within farm families when speaking at Commodity Classic 2022.

Brown says establishing expectations with your family and creating a respectful environment are key to managing the family farm. Unclear expectations can form between family members, even if they have been working on the farm for years.  

Heading into the 2022 growing season, farmers are faced with a host of worrisome challenges for weed control options.

Kevin Bradley, Extension weed specialist at the University of Missouri, addresses these challenges and offers solutions.

Editor Chelsea Dinterman covers the AGree Climate, Food, and Agriculture Dialogue white paper that provides insights and recommendations for early innovators of climate-smart practices.

“As we increase investments in climate-smart agriculture, we cannot forget about the farmers and ranchers who paved the way for conservation,” said Heather Lair, partner at Meridian Institute and CFAD leader, in a news release.

Farm advocates say that record-breaking fertilizer prices are decimating farmer profits and pulling wealth out of rural communities for the benefit of a handful of corporations that control the market.

Groups such as Farm Action are calling on the federal government to enforce antitrust laws against the small number of fertilizer manufacturers that remain in the industry.

Around the Globe

There are no overnight replacements for Ukraine and Russia in global wheat production, said five IFPRI analysts on Monday.

“Even under the most optimistic assumptions, global wheat prices will remain high throughout 2022 and the trend is likely to persist through 2023, given limits on expanding production.”

“Overall, it will be difficult to expand the global wheat supply in the short term,” said the IFPRI blog.

The Russian military is purposefully destroying agricultural machinery, according to the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. “Thus, the invaders undermine the food security in Ukraine and the world,” writes Iurii Mykhailov, Kyiv resident and Successful Farming contributor.

Russians have bombed warehouses with agricultural machinery. As a result, more than 30 units were destroyed. 

In Your Backyard

This year’s outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) are hitting egg-laying flocks the hardest, as they did in 2014 and 2015. Laying hens account for two-thirds of this year’s toll, which more than doubled to 7.65 million birds over the weekend, said the USDA on Monday.

On Tuesday, another flock in Ralls County, Maine, was confirmed to have HPAI and was depopulated. Editor Madelyn Ostendorf reports the birds were a backyard mixed species (non-poultry) flock of 225.

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