What’s the news today? | Wednesday, March 30, 2022

In today’s roundup, find out the latest news on the 2022 planting outlook, national egg supply and organic dairy production.

Planting prospects

The 2022 crop mix is ​​shaping up to be a wild ride as farmers try to adjust cultivation practices with soaring input prices and volatile crop prices, said Kevin McNew, chief economist at Farmers Business Network (FBN).

FBN unveiled its 2022 Planting Report on March 29. McNew’s findings and insights can be read in the link below.

On March 31, the USDA will release its prospective planting report. Prior to its release, Kluis Commodity Advisors and Successful Farming wanted to know your planting intentions for 2022, so we teamed up to conduct our own acreage survey.

The results show that corn is still king. Read the planting intentions below.

Analyst Terry Roggensack writes, “Soybean planting is difficult to predict this year, and several factors are at play. The soybean to corn ratio is currently favoring corn plantings, but it is difficult to keep pace with inputs fertilizer prices are rising all the time. Tops.”

Livestock

Due to the rapidly increasing number of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), consumers may face a shortage of eggs this Easter.

Egg production has not fully recovered from the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and although supply has stabilised, it is still well below pre-pandemic figures.

More than 11 million laying hens have been lost to HPAI since the outbreak began on February 8, with individual operations losing up to 5.3 million birds.

After years of lobbying organic farmers, the Department of Agriculture has tightened its rules on how dairy animals – cattle, goats and sheep – enter organic production, in the name of fairness to farmers and consumers. consumers.

The new “livestock origin” rule would end the practice of switching dairy animals from organic production to being fed non-organic rations at lower cost.

“Now all organic livestock producers will have the confidence and certainty that they are operating in a fair and competitive market, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

A new study released by Kansas State University indicates that feeding your herd industrial hemp can be beneficial.

Michael Kleinhenz, assistant professor of cattle production medicine at Kansas State University and author of the study, says hemp can not only decrease stress indicators, but it also encourages animals to lie down, which helps cattle to ruminate and produce saliva.

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