UGA Cover Crop Study and Ethanol Exports Improve
**Research by University of Georgia scientists is examining which cover crops may also provide important habitat for predatory insects that could help control disease and damage-causing pests in cotton.
According to www.morningagclips.com, the UGA study left cover crops in place during the growing season when cotton was planted in test fields.
While cotton without still attracted some predatory insects, the use of cover crops resulted in a seven to ten-fold increase in the number and diversity of ground-dwelling predatory insect populations.
**U.S. ethanol exports in August saw substantial improvement from the prior month’s slump, expanding 56%.
Canada was the top destination for the fifth straight month, and 42% of the August U.S. ethanol export market.
Larger markets included South Korea, up 86%, the United Kingdom, up fivefold, Peru, Nigeria, the Netherlands, and Mexico.
**In an effort to address food systems challenges from the pandemic and others going back decades, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack announced USDA plans for another $100 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.
It would leverage hundreds of millions more in lending through community and private sector lenders to expand meat and poultry processing capacity and finance other supply chain infrastructure.
He says this will help deliver more opportunities and fairer prices while addressing supply chain bottlenecks.