Highlights of agricultural news ICYMI | Friday, December 17, 2021

It’s gone for the weekend after a week full of novelties. In case you missed it, here’s a recap of the latest coverage on Agriculture.com.

By the numbers

Soil testing can prevent the purchase and application of fertilizers where they are not needed. And with fertilizer prices soaring from where they were a year ago, collecting soil samples can be a good year-end project, if you haven’t already.

The value of Missouri’s good non-irrigated cropland averaged $ 6,326 an acre in 2021, a 14 percent increase from 2020, according to the latest report of the Government of Canada Farmland Values ​​Opinion Poll. Missouri from the University of Missouri Extension.

Rural infrastructure projects across the country will receive a total of $ 5.2 billion in federal grants and loans to expand access to high-speed internet, electricity and clean water, said the Secretary of Agriculture. Tom vilsack Thursday.

The money will go to 359 projects in 46 states and Puerto Rico through seven USDA rural development programs.

Around 2022

The coming year might be the best time to buy put options and maybe sell futures less than you normally would. Put options give you the right (not the obligation) to short (sell) futures contracts, says Bryan Doherty.

The EPA will propose regulations for the production of conventional and advanced biofuels next May from 2023.

They would be based on criteria from air pollution law, such as the impact of renewable fuels on air quality, climate change, wildlife habitat, food and fuel prices, and availability of advanced fuels.

Farm machinery maker Claas has said it expects difficulties securing semiconductor chips to persist in the first half of next year, which could dampen a profit increase linked to the boom in agricultural demand.

READ MORE: Farm machinery maker Claas sees more chip problems in 2022

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