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What farmers are reading this week, March 27- April 3

Machinery-related articles grab the attention of farmers this week.

This week, farmers read articles covering machinery, new crop tools, and USDA estimations.

Aside from that, COVID-19 remained a topic of interest, including the impact toward ethanol markets.

If you missed anything from last week, follow the link below.

Read more: What farmers are reading this week, March 20-27

Ethanol market is disturbing to American farmers. And now there's COVID-19.

Keith Dittrich still remembers when the ethanol plant opened outside of Neligh, Nebraska. They called the corn-based gasoline alcohol back in 1980, and according to advertisements, it was “the fuel of the future.” He wanted to believe them.

Just two years before, barely out of high school, he’d jumped in a camper van with a handful of other farmers and followed the tractorcade to Washington, D.C., joining thousands of others in the American Agriculture Movement who were demanding “parity not charity.” Expenses were high, commodity prices low, and farmers across the country were fighting foreclosure. Ethanol, Dittrich believed, could help. And more than 20 years later, it did, raising corn prices nearly a dollar per bushel on average.

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How one young farmer changed his nutrient management

Located near Montello, Wisconsin, Eric Coddington returned to the family farm after college to work alongside his father.

Coddington took a hiatus to gain his degree from Iowa State University in agronomy, graduating in 2017. Two years after graduation, Coddington reunited full time with the farm he grew up on.

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An affection for rare iron

Irvin Parsons likes rare iron. “You don’t get more rare than an OMC,” the Burden, Kansan claims.

Parsons’ rare red tractors were built in Salina, Kansas, by Ostenberg Manufacturing Co. following World War II when demand for tractors skyrocketed. Made to compete with a Farmall M or a John Deere A, OMCs were powered by six-cylinder flathead Chrysler engines.

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Whoa! A 13-year-old Peterbilt brings $66,500 at auction

A 2007 Peterbilt 379 showing 837,875 miles brought a $66,500 this morning during a Bigiron.com online sale.

The truck was certainly well equipped featuring a UniBilt sleeper, 650 hp. Cat C15 diesel, Eaton Fuller 18-speed transmission, 285/75R24.5 tires rated in good condition, aluminum wheels and an air ride cab. But the used semi market is currently swamped with late-model used trucks as a result of a year-long slowdown in the trucking industry.

Read more here.

USDA prints U.S. corn acreage estimate at 97.0 million Tuesday

INDIANOLA, Iowa — U.S. farmers will plant a lot more corn and soybeans than last year, according to the USDA.

Perhaps the biggest surprise in today’s USDA’s reports came in the larger-than-expected corn acreage estimate of 97.0 million.

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Brazil's southern soybean crop seen at 8-year low, crop tour reports

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil -- Agroconsult, a Brazilian farm business consultancy, has updated its crop projection after its traditional Crop Rally.

The Crop Rally is a group of several analysts who travel through the country’s top-producing states to estimate the crop size. Though it does not underestimate the losses, Agroconsult projects a record soybean crop of 123.5 million metric tons on a surface of 90.9 million acres. 

Read more here.

New crop tools maximize N efficiency in corn, soybeans, and other crops

One theme of the 2020 Commodity Classic Trade Show was the number of vendors offering products that turn atmospheric nitrogen into usabel nitrogen for crop use. These products are promised to boost crop yield, plus provide a more consistent and dependable nitrogen supply that isn’t lost due to leaching or volatilization. 

We caught up with three companies and learned more about their products. 

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Want to make $200 more per acre?

Greg Tylka was puzzled.

Actually, that’s putting it mildly. Tylka, an Iowa State University (ISU) Extension nematologist, coordinated a 2019 yield and soybean cyst nematode (SCN) trial in a southeastern Iowa field supported with funds from the Iowa Soybean Association. At planting, the field had moderate levels of eggs that could key an increase in SCN numbers during the season.

Read more here.

What to expect from the COVID-19 financial fallout

Now that we are in an economic recession, how do we keep that from spiraling into a depression similar to the 1930s? Nouriel Roubini, professor of economics at New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business, is a leading expert on risk and global economic policy and a consultant to many of the largest financial institutions in the world. He shares 10 points about the current COVID-19 situation:

1. This recession will be more severe than the global financial crisis in 2007-2009. If we don’t get a handle on COVID-19 in the U.S., we could be looking at a depression similar to the 1930s, says Roubini.

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26 Bible verses for farmers

Despite research and scientific breakthroughs, and despite innovations in technology, farming remains largely an act of faith. You plant a seed and you harvest a crop. You care for your livestock and they provide you with offspring. So much of what happens in between is out of your control. Here are some verses that speak to a farmer’s faith.

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Wetness status across the Corn Belt remains a concern

Planting season on the horizon alone already adds stress to a farmer’s day-to-day life. 

Aside from getting everything prepared, COVID-19, fluctuating markets, and other forms of uncertainty are added to the equation.

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Top Listen of the Week

Spring pasture management

Pastures are coming out of dormancy and the grazing season will soon be upon us. Proper pasture management before you turn the animals out makes it feasible to have lush, green pastures and healthy livestock. 

Jamie Foster is a forage agronomist with Texas A&M Agrilife Research. She says one of the first things you should do is physically inspect the pasture.

Read more and listen here.

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