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What is today’s news? | Monday, March 14, 2022

Kick off the week strong by catching up on the latest ag news.

Check out this roundup to help keep you informed.

Farm Management

Transition planning is different for every family, but don’t think that the farm transition will just happen. You must make deliberate decisions on how the family business will pass from one generation to the next, writes Editor Laurie Bedord.

Having experienced not one, not two, but three attempts at transition, Jason and Paige Pratt know only too well how difficult the discussions around those decisions can be.

There are specific things beginning farmers need to keep in mind as they go through the loan application process.

To help make the experience as seamless as possible, experts offer nine tips featured in the video below.

In Jefferson County, Wisconsin, 3 million birds have been depopulated due to the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Editor Madelyn Ostendorf covers this latest news and that to date, 6,124,987 birds have been affected by HPAI.

To say that Gary Patrick enjoys old tractors is like saying that birds enjoy flying, writes Jerry Perkins. Gary owns about two dozen antique tractors and has given many of them museum-quality restorations.

Gary has a soft spot in his heart for late-model Hart-Parr tractors. And by “late-model,” we’re talking “some are literally a hundred years old.”

Crops News

Some farmers in southwestern Kansas, the top U.S. wheat producing state, have not received much measurable rain or snow since October. More than half of Kansas was classified as under severe drought or worse as of March 8, the driest conditions since 2018, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Severe drought is also covering three-quarters of Oklahoma and more than two-thirds of Texas, both of which also are large wheat producers.

Progress continues to be made on BASF’s soybean cyst nematode (SCN) transgenic trait.

BASF officials say the transgenic trait is expected to debut later this decade.

World Agriculture News

To mitigate the impact of war in Ukraine on global food supplies, the G7’s agriculture ministers called on all nations to keep their trade channels open and to guard against unjustified limits on exports.

Commodity prices surged following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, with wheat futures prices setting record highs last week. Russia and Ukraine are two of the world’s largest exporters of wheat and also are important sources of corn on the world market.

Brazilian farmers in the Center South had sown 94% of their second corn area through the end of last week, agribusiness consultancy AgRural said on Monday, as growers rush to plant their crop within the ideal climate window.

The government forecasts that Brazil’s corn production will grow by 29% this season, reaching 112.3 million tonnes, including first and second corn.

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