Market Journal - January 24, 2014

Market Analysis –“ Jeff Peterson, president of Heartland Farm Partners, analyzes the current movements in corn and soybean markets.

Foliar Fungicide Planning –“ Held each summer and sponsored by checkoff dollars from the Nebraska Soybean Board, Soybean Management Field Days update producers on research and disease pressures to help growers make profitable management decisions. One component in these field days has been the use of foliar fungicide applications to soybeans at locations throughout the state. For farmers thinking about input prices this fall, these applications would cost money. But Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says in some cases, UNL studies have shown they can also boost yield.

Livestock Composting –“ A different option is available to livestock producers disposing of animal carcasses. Amy Millmier Schmidt, UNL livestock bioenvironmental engineer, says Nebraska used to limit composting of carcasses to animals less than 600 pounds, but the restriction has been removed. Amy says that now allows producers to utilize another technique when managing livestock deaths. More information on composting large carcasses can be found here.

Ag Export Opportunities –“ The United Nations expects the world's population will grow to approximately 9.6 billion people by 2050. It says to feed the world, producers will need to grow 70% more food, as measured by calories. Kelvin Leibold, Iowa State Extension farm management specialist, discusses whether that will equate to more demand for U.S. ag goods.

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