Industry News | 02-28-2022
Bayer Signs on to Distribute Enlist E3 Technology, Works toward Launch of HT4 Soybeans
Bayer officials hope their agreement with MS Technologies to distribute soybeans containing the Enlist E3 trait, which was announced earlier this week, will give farmers a leg up against tough weeds in 2023. These Enlist E3 soybean products will be sold in new brands, exclusively distributed by Bayer, which will be launched in the U.S. later this spring, in a wide range of maturities that are adapted across most of the soybean growing areas in the U.S.,” says Wes Hays, Bayer U.S. soybean portfolio lead. Bayer’s partnership with MS Technologies is “solely a distribution agreement,” Hays told Farm Journal in an emailed response to questions on Friday.
Why Farmers are Fighting for Whole Milk to Reappear in Schools
In December 2010, then-President Barack Obama passed the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, which brought big changes to school lunch tables. This act gave the U.S. Department of Agriculture the power to set new standards for school lunch programs nationwide — and it provided more funding to schools in order to further reduce the cost of lunches for families in need. It also set up new nutritional guidelines for meals, which bans certain foods from appearing in schools.
Record U.S. Ag Exports Expected
The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts another record year of U.S. agricultural exports in 2022. The country shipped out US$177 billion worth of agricultural commodities in 2021, an 18 percent increase over the previous year. The forecast for 2022 is for a new record of $183.5 billion. "This, ladies and gentlemen, is unprecedented, this is unheard of," Daniel Whitley, administrator of the USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS), said during the 98th annual Agricultural Outlook Forum. He attributed the strong demand to the growing middle class in Southeast Asia and Latin America and to emerging opportunities in the Middle East.
Corteva Agriscience: Healthy Pastures Are the Foundation for a Healthy Herd
A new resource for ranchers showcases how effective pasture management can translate directly to the cow herd’s health status, productivity and profit potential. It All Starts With Grass: How High-quality Grazing Supports a Healthy, Productive Herd, a new white paper from Corteva Agriscience, addresses how providing abundant, quality grazing influences productivity in ways both obvious and subtle. “Sound pasture management is as important as a good vaccine protocol or feed and mineral program,” said Jeff Clark, Market Development Specialist, Corteva Agriscience, and the white paper’s author. “Yet it is often overlooked.”
The Scoop’s 2021 New Product of the Year
It’s not surprising weed pressures for the year ahead are top of mind for retailers. Weed control is in the crosshairs with much of the Corn Belt having a mild early winter, and the persistent march of resistance continues. Herbicide manufacturers are researching new ways to manage the spread of resistance. One method companies are using is formulating and packaging a combination of active ingredients and sites of action. That’s a strategy Syngenta is employing with its latest innovation, Acuron GT postemergence corn herbicide.