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What is today’s news? | Wednesday, February 23, 2022

The middle of the week is bustling with news.

If you need to catch up on the latest headlines, here is a roundup.

Machinery and equipment

John Hanig, bin sales director for Sukup Manufacturing, explains the safety features of the company’s new grain bin door on display at the 2022 National Farm Machinery Show.

This upgraded door assures the inner panels are closed and secured when the outer door is latched.

Editor Alex Gray writes about Kinze Manufacturing’s new high-speed planter. It’s the 3505 True Speed — with planting speeds of up to 12 mph — for the 2023 season.

“The 3505 pivot fold planter is the newest addition to Kinze’s True Speed high-speed planter lineup,” says Susanne Veatch, president of Kinze. “It is simple to operate, high-performing, and offered with or without split eight-row 30-inch and six-row 30-inch configurations.”

Kinze’s regular 3505 planter has been popular with smaller growers, usually with around 1,000 acres or less. 

For the ninth year, farm and ranch insurer Nationwide is marking Grain Bin Safety Week by holding the Nominate Your Fire Department Contest in partnership with the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS).

The annual campaign supplies rural fire departments with the rescue equipment and training needed to act in case of a grain bin entrapment, and provides education and resources about grain bin safety to ag professionals.

Crop management

Editor Chelsea Dinterman writes about a new above-ground nitrogen stabilizer in Corteva Agriscience’s portfolio.

PinnitMax® TG ensures nitrogen gets to plant root zones by protecting urea and UAN applications from volatilization for up to 14 days.

It provides protection and maximum yield potential when used in fall, spring, or sidedress applications.

Concerns about high fertilizer costs and availability have many farmers changing their traditional 50-50, corn-soybean rotations in favor of planting more soybean acres this season.

But planting soybeans after soybeans could bring risks of yield loss.

Check out the advice in this article to help make the most of this season’s soybean opportunities.

Hot topics

Editor Madelyn Ostendorf covers the latest developments in the spread of avian influenza.

A third case of avian influenza was reported in Dubois County, Indiana, on February 23. The commercial turkey flock of 35,908 has been depopulated, according to the state’s Department of Agriculture. 

Also today, Delaware reported its first case of avian influenza in a commercial flock in New Castle County.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the case and is working with state and federal officials to establish a quarantine radius and depopulate the flock. 

“As the only existing federal law on the books today that requires the use of lower-carbon renewable fuels, the RFS should continue to serve as the bedrock for our nation’s decarbonization efforts,” said Geoff Cooper, Renewable Fuels Association chief executive.

In coming months, the EPA is expected to propose a “regulatory reset” of the RFS, which would govern the allocations given to conventional and advanced biofuels in the years ahead, beginning in 2023. 

Early trade estimates have U.S. farmers planting 2 million fewer corn acres and 2 million more soybean acres this year. Al Kluis shares his expectations for planting in 2022 and four key variables he’s watching over the next three to four months.

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