What is today’s news | Friday, January 28, 2022

Do you start the weekend well informed about the latest news?

In case you missed it, here’s a recap of today’s headlines.

Machinery

Technology Editor Laurie Bedord caught up with Igino Cafiero at CES 2022 in Las Vegas to learn more about John Deere’s new fully autonomous tractor.

Cafiero, founder of recently acquired company Bear Flag Robotics, explains how engineers worked to secure the autonomous machine.

A central Iowa partnership has emerged to encourage the use of cover crops in agricultural fields in the Des Moines and Raccoon River watersheds in an effort to improve the quality of major metro drinking water sources .

Polk County will purchase a $600,000 tractor large enough to straddle rows of corn and apply cover crop seed during the summer while the corn is still growing.

This is a state-of-the-art technique that should work best with cover crops, which are used to reduce soil erosion and flooding, improve soil quality and help limit fertilizer seepage. and chemicals in the rivers.

New Cultures

The need to meet the timing of moving grain from warehouse to buyer becomes increasingly important as winter progresses.

The general price trend is higher with futures, which recently closed at or near contract highs. Don’t sell, it works. However, the reality is that you will probably have to sell or at least transport grain sooner rather than later.

If you want to stay in the position of ownership (for a long time), consider various paper tools.

Like so many other things impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the USDA is extending the registration process for the Approved Insurance Providers (AIPs) program for farmers until June 30, 2022 or later.

Originally, these flexibilities expired this month. “Our priority is to keep our growers and partners as safe as possible, while continuing to provide the best possible service, said Marcia Bunger, administrator of the USDA’s risk management agency.

Iurii Mykhailov is an agricultural journalist in Ukraine and a contributor to Réussir l’agriculture. Mykhailov writes: “Although at the moment there is no panic among the Ukrainian population, the situation could change dramatically with the start of military actions. Without the active military conflict between Russia and Ukraine, there is no There is and will be no impact on agricultural production in Ukraine as it has had no impact since the annexation of Crimea in 2014.”

He continues: “If Russia occupied Ukraine, the whole economy of Ukraine would collapse. This includes agriculture with the collapse of production, input supply and supply chains. As a result, there will be no agricultural exports in significant volumes, and this collapse may continue for an indefinite period of time.”

Livestock

Editor Jodi Henke says, “Consider raising cattle for their coats. You can make a handsome profit selling the fiber for fancy sweaters and other clothing.”

Chris McLaughlin is a fiber producer in California and has written a book called “Raising Animals for Fiber: Producing Wool from Sheep, Goats, Alpacas and Rabbits in Your Backyard”. Listen to the interview below.

A dairy does not survive simply by writing numbers on a balance sheet. It is the daily operations, often extremely repetitive, that can make the difference with efficiency and effectiveness.

Daryl Kleinschmit, Dairy Research Nutritionist for Zinpro Corporation, outlines five dairy practices that can provide an immediate return on investment for the producer. Read the full article here.

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