Industry News | 04-25-2022

USDA Crop Progress Report USDA Crop Progress Report

The USDA released its fourth Crop Progress report Monday afternoon. These reports run weekly through the end of November, and look at the progress and condition of various crops on a national and state-by-state scale. As of Sunday, the report pegged corn planted at 7%, compared with 15% for the previous five-year average. Two percent has emerged compared to 3% for the previous five-year average.
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Ferrie: Muddying Corn into Fields? That can Cost You 30 Bushels per Acre

The clock is ticking on planting season and causing considerable frustration for farmers anxious to get into wet fields. That’s understandable, says Ken Ferrie, considering April 21 is generally considered the optimal date for planting corn in central Illinois and the date has already passed. “A lot of experts say you lose about 1 bushel per day after April 21 for every day you’re delayed – if your planting conditions were optimal and you didn’t plant,” says Ferrie, Farm Journal Field Agronomist and owner of Crop-Tech Consulting. The key phrase to hone in on: “if conditions were optimal to plant.”
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Farm Foundation Launches Innovation and Education Campus

Farm Foundation®, an accelerator of practical solutions for agriculture, is pleased to announce the official launch of the Farm Foundation Innovation and Education Campus (IEC), which will be located on the site of the historic Casey Farm in Libertyville, Illinois. The Farm Foundation IEC will be Chicagoland’s first food and agriculture innovation and education hub, providing industry-leading educational opportunities to a variety of stakeholders in the food chain, from farm to plate. In early April 2022, Farm Foundation closed on the purchase of the 12-acre site from Openlands, a Chicago-based non-profit which protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and surrounding region. The farm was most recently a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) fruit and vegetable farm until 2019. “We are thrilled to find this unique farm site in the Chicagoland area to bring our vision and mission to life,” says Shari Rogge-Fidler, CEO of Farm Foundation.  “We are eager to partner with other organizations to create meaningful experiences in our new innovation and education center.”
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Ginkgo Bioworks to Expand Platform Capabilities in Agricultural Biologicals and Launch Flagship Partnership with Bayer

Ginkgo Bioworks, the leading horizontal platform for cell programming, today announced plans to significantly expand its platform capabilities in agricultural biologicals, from discovery to field. These capabilities will be built through a series of transactions, in which Ginkgo will acquire Bayer's 175,000-square-foot West Sacramento Biologics Research & Development site, team, and internal discovery and lead optimization platform as well as integrate the R&D platform assets from Joyn Bio, a joint-venture between Ginkgo and Leaps by Bayer formed in 2017. Bayer will be the anchor agricultural customer of Ginkgo's expanded platform, entering into a significant new multi-year collaboration which will focus on the advancement of Joyn's marquee nitrogen fixation program, as well as new programs in areas such as crop protection and carbon sequestration.
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Future BASF Innovations Include an SCN Trait, Precision Spraying

BASF has released its ten-year agricultural innovation outlook. BASF officials say it supports food security for future generations while minimizing farming’s impact on the climate and the environment. BASF is focused on improving agricultural outcomes in major crops that include: Wheat, Canola, Soybean, Corn, Cotton, Rice, Fruits and Vegetables. According to estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), these crops account for more than 50% of the world’s farmland. This is why innovations applied on such a large scale have the potential to make farming even more productive and sustainable, say BASF officials.
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