Market Journal – February 20, 2015

Market Analysis – Elaine Kub, author of "Mastering the Grain Markets," analyzes projections from the USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum on planted acres and ending stocks. Elaine also talks about soybeans staying above $10 per bushel and selling strategies in corn.

Corn Hail Damage Research – In early June, heavy storms with hail damaged many crop fields across Nebraska. During the rest of the growing season, Roger Elmore, Nebraska Extension cropping systems agronomist, and a team from Nebraska Extension monitored affected corn plants. Roger explains why some plants did not recover as expected.

Winter Wheat Condition – Bob Klein, Nebraska Extension western Nebraska crops specialist, says some growers are concerned fluctuating temperatures might have negatively impacted wheat plants. Bob discusses whether damage could be widespread and also talks about fertilizing and weed control. The 2015 Guide for Weed Management in Nebraska can be purchased, or viewed for free by clicking chapter titles.

Calving and Breeding – Rick Funston, Nebraska Extension beef cattle reproductive physiologist, talks about estrus synchronization and the importance of pre-calving nutrition. Rick also explains why producers do not want to overfeed heifers. More information on beef cattle breeding, genetics and reproduction can be found through the UNL Beef website.

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

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