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What is today's news? | Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The middle of the week is bustling with news.

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

Ukraine and Russia

Iurii Mykhailov, Kyiv resident and Successful Farming correspondent, provides an update on the situation in Ukraine. He says, "Ukrainians are determined to defend their motherland like crazy until their last breath."

In this article, read Mykhailov's insights in to the country's survival tactics, the war tolls, impact on agriculture, and more.

Avian Influenza

The USDA's Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in two non-commercial backyard flocks (non-poultry) in Connecticut and Iowa.  

In Iowa, the virus was found in a non-commercial, backyard flock in Pottawattamie County.

This is in addition to a sixth turkey farm in southern Indiana with identified cases as of Tuesday.

Crop Production

Editor Chelsea Dinterman covers Bayer's announcement of the TriVolt selective corn herbicide.

“We are excited to add TriVolt corn herbicide to our broad portfolio solutions. Weeds are almost always a constant threat,” says Robert Schrick, Bayer Crop Protection Strategic Business Lead, in a news release. “TriVolt can help growers ensure they start with clean fields and stay clean by getting ahead of weeds before they can compete with their crops.”

Bayer also announced it has received EPA commercial registrations for the traits that will enable the U.S. commercialization of its newest corn product, VT4PRO with RNAi technology.

VT4PRO technology is the first product that combines the three modes of built-in action in Trecepta technology. They include an above-ground corn pest package that controls insects such as corn earworm and western bean cutworm, along with an RNAi-based mode of action that helps manage corn rootworm.

AMVAC and Azotic North America are collaborating to develop and commercialize the nitrogen-fixation product Envita to the SIMPAS-applied Solutions portfolio.

Envita is a naturally occurring food-grade bacteria that allows a to fix nitrogen (N), say company officials. Farmers may apply Envita in-furrow to multiple crops including corn and soybeans.

Fertilizer

U.S. companies should give farmers a break by withdrawing their petitions for anti-dumping duties on imported fertilizer, said a corn farmer group at a House hearing on Tuesday that was dominated by reports of rising crop production costs.

NCGA and state affiliates have made “a direct request of those companies to voluntarily withdraw their tariff petitions,” said Chris Edgington, president of the National Corn Growers Association.

Koch Ag & Energy Solutions (Koch) and OCP have signed an agreement under which a Koch affiliate will acquire a 50% interest in Jorf Fertilizers Company III (JFC III) from OCP, the world’s largest phosphate mining and leading global fertilizer group.

When closed, the transaction will establish a 50/50 joint venture.   

JFC III owns and operates an integrated phosphate fertilizer production facility in Jorf Lasfar, Morocco, with the capacity to produce up to 1.1 million metric tons annually of phosphate-based fertilizers.

Equipment & Technology

Editor Alex Gray writes about John Deere’s W200 series M and R windrowers, which are designed for quick dry down, fast transport speeds and easy, in-cab windrow width adjustments.

“John Deere W200 series M and R windrowers provide customers with the unmatched ability to get the most from every acre, at reduced acquisition and operating costs," says Chase Milem, John Deere hay and forage marketing manager.

Precision Planting unveiled the new Vision system at the 2022 Winter Conference.

Watch this video as Bryce Baker, marketing manager, provides a close up look at the Vision module and to hear how this technology could bring value to farmers in the future.

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