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Market Journal –“ April 5, 2013

     Cattle Markets –“ Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, says recent USDA reports were a nice surprise, as they helped lower corn prices. Mike also discusses the recent cattle market rally and how short supply may impact demand.
     Winter Wheat Slipping –“ The latest National Agricultural Statistics Service report classifies 49% of Nebraska–™s winter wheat as poor or very poor. Greg Kruger, UNL Extension cropping systems specialist, describes winter wheat condition near North Platte.
     Pests in Panhandle Crops –“ Winter wheat in Nebraska–™s Panhandle is suffering from dryness, but army cutworms are also threatening the crop. Jeff Bradshaw, UNL Extension entomologist, explains how producers can treat this pest.
     Pre-season Irrigation –“ With 94% of Nebraska categorized in either extreme or exceptional drought, most crop growers will likely begin the 2013 planting season with moisture deficits. Derrel Martin, UNL Extension water and irrigation resources specialist, explains why most farmers should resist the urge to irrigate before planting. A recent CropWatch article on pre-season irrigation can be found HERE.
     Aphid-Resistant Soybean Research –“ Tom Hunt, UNL Extension entomologist, reviews his work researching an aphid resistant soybean variety.
     Weather Forecast –“ Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, gives his forecast for the coming week.