What’s the news today? | Thursday, February 24, 2022

Today’s roundup features the latest news from Russia and Ukraine, crop management news and recent developments in the spread of avian flu. Catch up here.

Russia and Ukraine

As President Biden and NATO allies respond to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with Kremlin sanctions, the people of Ukraine are trying to stay calm.

Inside the war lines, things change from minute to minute. Iurii Mykhailov, best-selling Farming correspondent in Kyiv, Ukraine, shares his thoughts on Kyiv’s environment and what locals experience, as well as its planting season, markets, and more.

Ukraine’s military has suspended commercial shipping in its ports after Russian forces invaded the country, an adviser to the Ukrainian president’s chief of staff has said, fueling fears of a supply disruption to major grain and oilseed exporters.

Ukraine is a major exporter of maize (maize), much of which goes to China and the European Union. It also competes with Russia to supply wheat to major buyers such as Egypt and Turkey.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by land, air and sea threatens to disrupt exports of commodities such as grains and oilseeds from both countries, while the prospect of heightened sanctions against Russia could disrupt the supply of energy and metals.

Read this article for more details on Russia’s top commodity exports.

Russia’s overnight attack on Ukraine will have a moderate, if any, effect on U.S. food prices, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday.

“We have a huge (domestic) production capacity,” Vilsack told reporters at the annual USDA Outlook Forum.


U.S. farmers will cut corn plantings by 1.5% and slightly increase soybean acreage this spring in the face of high input costs, the USDA forecast on Thursday.

High yields would bring the largest corn and soybean crops ever to America and lower average prices for the season for the two most widely planted American crops.

Managing Editor Chelsea Dinterman talks about the partnership between CIBO Technologies, a science-based technology company, and Bushel, a company that provides software-based technology solutions for the agricultural industry, which will bring visibility to sustainable practices throughout of the supply chain.

CIBO Carbon Bridge will provide financial incentives for the practice to farmers who switch to regenerative agriculture.

Andrea Basche, an assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, presented results from field experiments and how changing your perspective on cover crops can increase their benefits. .

She says treating cover crops like cash crops improves efficiency in nutrient cycling, water storage and infiltration, and weed suppression. The benefits of these can amplify the overall impact of cover crops and potentially increase cash crop yields.

Inari, the SEEDesign company, and InterGrain, one of Australia’s leading cereal breeding companies, today announced a strategic collaboration to improve the yield potential of wheat, thereby improving the long-term viability of the crop. in the face of an increasingly variable climate.

Although the announcement is for wheat in Australia, there could be an impact on wheat varieties around the world.

Livestock and meat packing

Editor Madelyn Ostendorf writes that Michigan has reported its first case of bird flu in a non-commercial, non-poultry flock in Kalamazoo County.

The USDA has quarantined the premises and the birds on the property will be depopulated to prevent the spread of disease.

The USDA announced that it is making $215 million available to meat producers and packers in grants and other forms of support to expand meat and poultry processing options, strengthen supply chain and create opportunities in rural areas.

“For too long, ranchers and processors have seen the value and the opportunities they worked so hard to create moving away from the rural communities where they live and operate,” said the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsak.

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