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This Week in Agribusiness, May 1, 2021

Mike Pearson and Max Armstrong check in on planting progress, mental health and a man who has shorn over a million sheep.

May 1, 2021

Part 1

Mike Pearson kick off the show with a look at how planting is going in Peotone, Illinois with farmer Dakota Cowger. He also checks in with Christine Daugherty of PepsiCo about their sustainability effort working with their farmer partners. Matt Bennett of joins Mike to talk about the high corn prices, the May WASDE and the wheat market.

Part 2

Matt Bennett of rejoins Mike to talk about soybeans with a big export market. They also touch on livestock. In the Colby Ag Tech segment Chad is checking in on the latest in LED headlamps.

Part 3

Mike introduces a report introducing Brian Ryberg from Buffalo Lake, Minn., regional winner of the American Soybean Association’s Conservationist Legacy award. He bucks the usual methods of tillage there to chart his own path. Next up, a report from Al Gustin talking to sheep shearer Hilary Gietzen, who has shorn over 1.2 million sheep.

Part 4

Max has a report on how farmers can manage their stress during this Mental Health Awareness Month, he chats with Adrienne DeSutter, Behavioral Health Consultant. Agricultural Meteorologist Greg Soulje has the weather for the week ahead.

Part 5

Agricultural Meteorologist Greg Soulje returns to take a look at the long-range weather picture.

Part 6

In Max’s Tractor Shed, Max introduces a whole host of wonderful tractors in various states of restoration. In the FFA Chapter Tribute Mike Pearson chats with Hope Tompkins, Georgia FFA State North Vice President. She says that despite her own bout with COVID she made the best of her senior year in high school with FFA. In Samuelson Sez, Orion Samuelson is enjoying a return to the Midwest, where he arrived after avoiding winter in Arizona. For now, though, he’s concerned about drought.

Part 7

Mike introduces a story from Max who got to see farmer Bill Burnham on his farm in Northern Illinois. Bill was running his 67-year-old International Harvester Farmall pulling a John Deere 4 row planter of about the same age.

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