Market Journal 3-27-15

Market Journal 3-27-15

Market Journal Looks at Planting Tips, Soybean Inoculation

View the full March 27 Market Journal episode or selected segments below.

March 27, 2015

On this week's Market Journal Nebraska Extension Agronomist Roger Elmore discusses planting dates and rates for corn and soybean. Elmore recommends planting corn the third to fourth week of April, keeping an eye on soil moisture and the weather forecast for the next 7 to 10 days after planting to ensure conditions will be conducive for emergence.

With soybeans Elmore recommends planting the last week of April to the first week of May, given conditions are supportive. He doesn't recommend a seed treatment for the initial soybean planting, but would for replanting.  (Also see stories in the March 27 and April 3 editions of CropWatch on corn and soybean planting.)

Also on the March 27 Market Journal:

  • Inoculating Soybeans — Nathan Mueller, Nebraska Extension cropping systems educator, describes the nitrogen needs of soybeans and the four questions growers should answer before inoculating them.
  • Youth Corn Challenge — Brandy VanDeWalle, Nebraska Extension educator, discusses the 2015 Innovative Youth Corn Challenge for FFA and 4-H youth. To enter, teams must fill out an entry form or enter online by April 1. The contest is sponsored by Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board.
  • Cattle Market Analysis — All fresh retail beef set a new record in  February and in March Nebraska led the nation in cattle on feed in feedlots. Mike Briggs, feedlot manager from Seward, analyzes the recent rally in cattle markets and discusses consumer demand approaching grilling season.
  • Custom Hog Feeding Bill — LB176 would authorize custom feeding contracts between packers and pork producers in Nebraska. Dave Aiken, Nebraska Extension water and ag law specialist, explains the proposal and why other states have added extra provisions to further protect producers.
  • Weather Forecast — Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, gives his forecast for the coming week.

Next Week

Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, will analyze USDA reports on grain stocks and prospective planting acres. Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, will look at the inventory of hogs in the United States. Bob Klein, UNL Extension western Nebraska crops specialist, will describe injury and winterkill in Nebraska's wheat crop.

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