July 4, 2014

Grain Market Analysis – The USDA Monday released its estimates on quarterly grain stocks and planted acres. The agency says U.S. farmers planted 91.6 million corn acres and 84.8 million soybean acres. It sees corn stocks at 3.85 billion bushels and soybean stocks at 405 million bushels. Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Nebraska, recaps corn and soybean market reaction to the USDA reports and explains why farmers don't want to be holding crops by a certain point.

Hog Market Analysis – In June's USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report, the agency estimated the inventory of U.S. hogs and pigs at 62.1 million head. Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, examines the report's numbers.

Corn Disease Update – Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says weather conditions have been favorable to northern corn leaf blight and gray leaf spot. Tamra describes what farmers can look for in their fields and explains treatment options. More information from Tamra on these corn diseases can be found on the CropWatch website.

Stem Borer Research – Zach Rystrom, UNL entomology graduate student, talks about his research involving the soybean stem borer. The research is funded by the Nebraska Soybean Board and looks at how farmers might be better able to control the pest.

Scouting Corn Rootworms – Bob Wright, UNL Extension entomologist, says farmers can be scouting their cornfields for rootworms. Bob also talks about his research near Clay Center, Nebraska, studying rootworm resistance.

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