Market Journal – July 24, 2015

Market Analysis – Jeff Peterson, Heartland Farm Partners president, talks about crop conditions across the Corn Belt. Jeff analyzes the impact weather is having on corn and soybean markets and outlines selling positions for 2014, 2015 and 2016 crops.

Corn Disease Update: Southern rust has been confirmed in Nebraska. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension plant pathologist, says southern rust is present in Clay, Greeley and York counties. Tamra says producers must monitor fields closely and remember widespread development can take a few weeks.

Brown Spot – Loren Giesler, Nebraska Extension plant pathologist, says brown spot is appearing in fields, including those with a history of hail damage. Loren discusses identification and management of the disease.

Ag Economy – The USDA is expecting U.S. net farm income to fall nearly 32 percent this year. Mike Boehlje, Purdue University ag economist, talks about how farmers can better manage during tougher times.

Planting Forages – Nebraska's farmers have harvested 62 percent of their winter wheat crop. Aaron Berger, Nebraska Extension educator, says spring annuals can be planted into that ground for fall forages.

Hailing Corn – Justin McMechan, UNL Ph.D. and Doctor of Plant Health Program graduate student, explains how manually hailing corn might provide better information about how plants recover from hail damage.

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

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