Market Journal – March 6, 2015

Market Analysis – Jeff Peterson, Heartland Farm Partners president, talks about the struggle in the soybean market during the week. Jeff also analyzes trading ranges for corn and soybeans before important USDA reports at the end of March.

Ethanol and Biodiesel Margins – The fall in crude oil has pushed fuel prices lower, affecting margins for ethanol production. Scott Irwin, University of Illinois ag economist, analyzes the current environment for ethanol and examines the future for biodiesel.

Grazing Preparations – Jerry Volseky, Nebraska Extension range and forage specialist, says farmers and ranchers can begin planning for the grazing season. Jerry describes what producers should include in their grazing plans and explains why having a drought plan can be useful.

Farmland Values DropPreliminary findings indicate farmland values in Nebraska declined about 3 percent. Jim Jansen, Nebraska Extension educator, says the 2015 trends follow changes in prices for agricultural commodities.

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

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