Market Journal – September 19, 2014

This week on Market Journal…

Cattle Market Analysis – Mike Briggs, feedlot manager from Seward, Nebraska, analyzes recent market movement, slaughter numbers, input costs and overall demand for beef. Mike also talks about how Nebraska is positioned as a cattle-feeding state after exiting drought and with a large corn crop in the field.

Harvest Safety – With harvest approaching in the state, Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Ag director, provides a few safety tips.

Stalk Rot Prevalent – Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says stalk rot has been observed in Nebraska cornfields. Tamra explains how growers can scout their fields and explains why those fields may need to be prioritized during harvest. Tamra also talks about how frost could have affected corn plants. More information on frost and freeze effects to corn and soybeans can be found on the CropWatch website.

Soybean Cyst NematodeSoybean cyst nematode cost Nebraska growers more money last year than all other soybean diseases combined. John Wilson, UNL Extension educator, discusses why the problem is so hard to notice. John also describes how farmers can sample their fields for SCN. Free SCN sample bags, courtesy of the Nebraska Soybean Board, can be obtained from local UNL Extension offices.

Weather Forecast – Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, gives his forecast for the coming week.

Next week on Market Journal… The last day of September features a potentially market-moving USDA report. The agency will release its estimates on quarterly grain stocks September 30. Roy Smith will join us to analyze corn and soybean markets ahead of the USDA projections.

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