This week on Market Journal–¦

     Grain Markets –“ Jeff Peterson, Heartland Farm Partners, talks about the USDA–™s reports on planted acres and grain stocks. Peterson also discusses possible crop yields, dryness impacts and European concerns.
     China–™s Role In Global Agriculture –“ China has been a major importer of soybeans since the 1990s and became a net importer of corn in 2010. Industry leaders and experts say China–™s imports from the U.S. and other countries fill a need the country can–™t meet on its own.
     Gray Leaf Spot –“Fungal diseases, like gray leaf spot of corn, have not been common yet this year, but the recent increase in humidity and dew development in some parts of the state may lead to disease development soon. Farmers and crop consultants should continue to monitor fields for disease development and prior to making fungicide application decisions.
     Farm Bill Update –“ Senators passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 last week. UNL Extension public policy specialist Brad Lubben explains the Senate–™s Bill and how the House of Representatives might act on their own.
     Weather Outlook –“ Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, says next week–™s temperatures will stay warm.