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7 ag stories you can’t miss - July 7, 20237 ag stories you can’t miss

Catch up on the fight against California’s Proposition 12, drought across the U.S., herbicide cutoff dates and more!

Rachel Schutte

July 7, 2023

3 Min Read
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Did you miss some news this week? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a collection of the top headlines in agriculture.

Does farmland lose value in drought?

As fall farmland sale season approaches, many farmers are left wondering how the current drought will affect farmland values. Michael Lauher dug into the issue and found Illinois land values increased every year following a drought – except for 1931. Disaster payments, improved genetics and long-term perspective all play a role in supporting land value during periods of drought. – Prairie Farmer     

EATS Act targets Prop 12

Iowa Republicans Ashley Hinson and Zach Nunn introduced the Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression, or EATS Act, into the House. The bill would prevent state and local governments from imposing rules on the preharvest production of any agriculture products sold in other states. Kansas Republican Senator Roger Marshall introduced a companion Senate bill that was co-sponsored by Iowa Republicans Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley. – Farm Progress                 

Black Sea grain deal on edge

The grain deal between Russia and Ukraine brokered last July by the United Nations and Turkey has been extended three times but is due to expire this month. With no new ships registered under the deal since June 26 and a further extension uncertain, Ukrainian officials have said transit via Romania's Black Sea port of Constanta will be critically important. – Reuters

Strong commodity prices support farmer sentiment

Farmer sentiment rebounded in June as the Ag Economy Barometer rose 17 points to a reading of 121. Respondents were more optimistic about both crop and livestock returns this month. Survey responses also shared insights regarding cash rental rates and farm bill priorities. See what farmers had to say. – Farm Progress

Midwest drought eases its grip

The Midwest “flash drought” that gripped the region through the spring and early summer has shown a glimmer of relaxing with dry areas dropping for the first time since May. Drought across the Midwest fell to 63.54%  from 64.71% a week ago, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. The area of extreme and exceptional drought rose however from 3.52% to 4.27% for the week ending July 4. – Bloomberg

How late can herbicides be applied?

How late is too late to spray herbicides to control weeds such as marestail, Palmer amaranth, waterhemp and burcucumber? As usual, the answer depends on the product being sprayed, the crop, the setting and the weeds. Whether using highboy sprayers, aerial or drone sprayers, or some other contraption, be sure to check herbicide guidelines. – American Agriculturist

What is manure worth?

Manure contains many useful, recyclable components, including nutrients, organic matter, solids, energy and fiber, and it has significant value as fertilizer. When it comes to the numbers, the value depends on the following aspects:

  • type of manure

  • how and where the manure is applied

  • the amount of nutrients that the field needs for the next crop or crops

  • the cost of commercial fertilizer

Learn more about the value of manure and see the tools available for your farm. – Nebraska Farmer

About the Author(s)

Rachel Schutte

Content Producer, Farm Futures

Rachel grew up in central Wisconsin and earned a B.S. in soil and crop science from the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. Before joining the Farm Futures team, Rachel spent time in the field as an agronomist before transitioning to the world of marketing and communications. She now resides in northeast Iowa where she enjoys raising bottle calves and farming corn and soybeans alongside her husband and his family.

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