Market Journal: Potential for Wheat Diseases and Insects Explored

Market Journal: Potential for Wheat Diseases and Insects Explored

May 4, 2012

Extension Entomologist Bob Wright discusses early season control of insescts in corn.

Frayne Olson of North Dakota State University discusses the grain markets.

Higher volatility in the grain markets may result from longer CME trading sessions beginning May 14. Growers may want to consider adjusting their trading plans. 

On this week's Market Journal with host Jeff WIlkerson, UNL Extension Entomologist Bob Wright discusses early season insect control in corn.  UNL Extension educators are reporting numerous calls about whether the current flush of army cutworm moths is an indicator of increased cutworm feeding in corn this season.  Wright explains why the current moths won't lead to losses for this season's corn. (See CW story.)

Other segments on this week's show:

  • Wheat Markets — Frayne Olson, North Dakota State extension economist, discusses export volatility, the annual wheat tour, and wheat planting progress to the north.
  • Trading Hours Expanded — The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) announced Tuesday that it would expand grain futures trading to 22-hour sessions. Jeff Peterson, president of Heartland Farm Partners in Lincoln, explains what this may mean for farmers.
  • Wheat Disease Update — Stephen Wegulo, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says producers should be scouting their wheat fields and, when necessary, treating for disease, depending on growth stage.
  • Cereal Aphids in Wheat — UNL Extension entomologist Jeff Bradshaw says dry conditions in western Nebraska are the perfect conditions for aphid populations developing in wheat.
  • Nebraska Lead Program — LEAD Class 32 is now accepting applications. Market Journal’s Kurtis Harms reports on the program’s background and the details for the new class.
  • Weather Outlook — Al Dutcher, UNL Nebraska climatologist, takes a look at next week’s forecast and the outlook for precipitation.

Next week on Market Journal, farmer and grain market analyst Roy Smith will report from the UNL's Rural Futures Conference in Lincoln.

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