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What is today’s news? | Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Before you call it a day, catch up on the latest agriculture news. From farm safety to seed treatments, here is a roundup to help keep you informed.

On the Farm

Editor Laurie Bedord writes about the Hoksbergens, Iowa farmers who were determined to ensure two young farmers become the next generation to take over their farm.

“It took dogged determination, valuable fleeting time, hard work, a ton of pencil pushing, and the cooperation of lending institutions to get these young farmers started,” Carroll Hoksbergen says. “We know that getting into any business takes all those things, but just having a more collaborative process and knowing how or where to turn would be so helpful.”

XtremeAg farmers in Iowa, Arkansas, and North Carolina check in with Successful Farming this week as planting season gets started.

Matt Miles in Arkansas says, "It’s been 15 days since we planted our first field of beans and believe it or not, the beans look pretty good!"

Ag Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) Week is March 7-11, and the theme for 2022 is, “Prepare. Prevent. Protect.” Today’s focus is on finances and the cost of safety.

Read on about safety guidelines, youth agricultural injuries, and grants available for safety training and equipment.

An Update from Ukraine

Agricultural journalist and Successful Farming contributor Iurii Mykhailov provides an update from Kyiv, Ukraine.

In regard to agriculture, he writes, “The Ukrainian government has introduced a ban on exports of rye, oats, buckwheat, millet, sugar, and meat. Exports of wheat, corn, vegetable oils, poultry, and eggs now require a special permit from the Ministry of Economy.”

In Ukraine, the 2022 sowing campaign will begin where possible, taking into account the hostilities.

Crops News

Landus Cooperative, Iowa’s largest agriculture co-op, announced Friday it would cease its cash grain bids at 1 p.m. that day because of “increased market risk & volatility caused by the Russia-Ukraine conflict,” according to a note on its website that has since been removed. Landus resumed its normal grain bidding on Monday.

“It’s not just Landus doing this,” said Chad Hart, an economics professor at Iowa State University who specializes in crop markets. “In extreme situations like this, if they’re really worried about the risk, they’ll just pull the bid off for a day or two and then jump back in later when they feel the markets are more settled.”

Editor Chelsea Dinterman writes about the new seed treatment innovation from Syngenta: CruiserMaxx APX. This treatment offers soybean farmers protection against early-season insects and disease.

“No matter if you plant early into cool, wet soils or later into a warmer, double-crop environment, CruiserMaxx APX delivers the most powerful early-season disease and insect protection available,” said Katie Jaeger, Syngenta Seedcare product lead, in a news release.

In this video, Andy Unverferth, marketing manager for Unverferth Manufacturing, explains the variety of fertilizer application solutions the company offers.

The company highlighted its portfolio of liquid, dry, anhydrous, and strip-till equipment at the 2022 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky.

Animal Diseases

With new outbreaks in Iowa and Missouri, nearly 2.8 million birds — almost entirely chickens and turkeys — have died in one month due to highly pathogenic avian influenza, the Agriculture Department said on Monday.

The viral disease has been identified in 23 poultry farms and backyard flocks in a dozen states since February 8, when the first report of “high path” bird flu in a domestic flock was reported.

Editor Madelyn Ostendorf covers the news of an aggressive bacterial disease in swine that has spread across nine central Iowa production facilities. The disease, Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae, attacks a hog’s respiratory system and can cause death shortly after symptoms occur.

Iowa State University researchers are sequencing the genome of the bacteria to determine how the disease spreads and are developing protocols for containing and minimizing the impact with pork producers and local veterinarians.

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