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Precision Ag News 7/13

Carrie Muehling

  • USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) announced an expansion of the list of counties that are eligible for double crop coverage under crop insurance. Coverage will be expanded or streamlined in over 1,500 counties to double crop soybeans and sorghum behind wheat. RMA is also working with the crop insurance industry and farm organizations to help streamline and improve the written agreements for farmers that are outside the areas where coverage has been expanded. The announcement comes as part of the Administration’s efforts to support U.S. farmers during the volatility caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • The Soil Health Institute announced five strategic goals it is pursuing to address climate change, regenerative agriculture, water resources, farmer empowerment, and consumer demand + policy.
  • Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is the leading yield-robber of the soybean crop in North America, causing more than $1.5 billion in losses annually. The good news is soybean farmers can actively manage SCN to protect yield potential. To bring attention to the importance of active SCN management, The SCN Coalition and Valent have joined forces to encourage soybean farmers to check for SCN females attached to roots during the growing season. Watch this video to learn how to check roots.
  • Randy Dowdy and David Hula, world record holders for corn and soybean yields, are proud to announce their nationwide farming program’s rebrand to Total Acre. Formerly called Next Level, Total Acre is a 3-year program where hundreds of progressive growers learn from two of the most successful farmers in the world. The program is in its 5th year and is aimed at helping farmers achieve higher yields and enhanced ROI.
  • Great Lakes Grain announced the 13th annual Great Lakes Grain Crop Assessment Tour scheduled for August 29 to September 9, 2022. Throughout the tour, Great Lakes Grain staff and partners from AGRIS Co-operative, FS PARTNERS and Coop Embrun will scout corn and soybean fields with farmers who sign up for the tour. The team will conduct yield estimates, gauge crop progress and evaluate the overall health of Ontario corn and soybean crops.
  • U.S. and Canadian ag tractor monthly unit sales in June 2022 fell, while harvester sales grew in both countries, according to the latest data from the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. U.S. total farm tractor sales fell 8.2 percent for the month of June compared to 2021, while U.S. self-propelled combine sales for the month grew 25.3 percent to 629 units sold. The 100+ horsepower 2WD tractor segment was the only one in the black for the fourth month in a row, up 9.6 percent, indicating continued demand in row-crop agriculture.
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