Market Journal – August 23, 2013

This week on Market Journal–

From the 2013 Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory Open House near Whitman.

Livestock Markets – The summer of 2012 was an expensive and difficult time for farmers and ranchers. Pastures are now in better shape, and a possible record fall harvest could be on the horizon. However, Jim Robb, Livestock Marketing Information Center, says the losses in the cattle industry are difficult to ignore.

Pasture and Range Update – Thirty four percent of Nebraska's pasture and range is rated as poor or very poor. Despite the low rating, Jerry Volesky, UNL Extension range and forage specialist, says forages in the Sandhills have improved since last year due to near normal precipitation.

Threat of Frost – Although Nebraska's corn crop is in better shape than the national average, a UNL corn simulation model shows farmers who planted their irrigated corn could face yield reductions due to an early frost. Jenny Rees, UNL Extension educator, explains UNL's Hybrid-Maize model and what it's predicting for the rest of the growing season. To view the CropWatch article on the Hybrid-Maize model's predictions, click here .

Nebraska's Ag Complex – Bruce Johnson, UNL professor of agricultural economics, details the current state of Nebraska's livestock industries and why those sectors are important to crop growers. The full report from UNL's Department of Agricultural Economics titled " U.S. Livestock Industry Trends and Nebraska's Role " can be found here .

Soybean Diseases – Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist, details diseases farmers may be finding in their soybean fields.

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