Diesel Shortage Pressure and Cover Crops Growing

Diesel Shortage Pressure and Cover Crops Growing

Bob Larson
Bob Larson
From the Ag Information Network, I’m Bob Larson with your Agribusiness Update.

**America has a shortage of diesel, putting pressure on suppliers to get more into the fuel supply.

Mansfield Energy is one fuel supplier that tells The Start Magazine conditions are rapidly devolving, so they require a 72-hour notice for deliveries to secure fuel and freight.

Diesel is the fuel trucks, trains, and ships use to move goods around the country and the globe.

**USDA’s Economic Research Service says genetically engineered seeds were commercially introduced in the U.S. for major field crops in 1996, and adoption rates have increased rapidly.

By 2008, more than 50% of U.S. corn, cotton, and soybean acres were planted with genetically engineered seeds, but today more than 90% of U.S. corn, upland cotton, and soybeans are produced using GE varieties.

Genetically engineered crops are broadly classified as herbicide-tolerant, insect-resistant, or a combination of the two.

**A new USDA survey says cover crops are more popular than first thought.

Growers in the survey say they’re using cover crops on 40% of their cropland in 2022.

Successful Farming says that hints at a sizable increase from the 15.4 million acres of cover crops listed in the 2017 Census of Agriculture.

In a survey of 34,000 farmers, the USDA’s Conservation Practice Adoption Motivations 2021 Report says 59% use cover crops on their farms.

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