Market Journal - April 18, 2014

Market Analysis - Jeff Peterson, Heartland Farm Partners president, analyzes how China's cargo cancellations are affecting soybean markets. Jeff also talks about U.S. soybean imports and selling strategies for corn.

Drought and Disaster Assistance - Dan Steinkruger, Nebraska State Farm Service Agency executive director, discusses sign-up for the Livestock Indemnity Program and Livestock Forage Disaster Program. Dan also talks about the recent designation of eight Nebraska counties as primary natural disaster areas, as well as future sign-up for Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage farm programs. An FSA news release on Nebraska counties designated as disaster areas can be found here.

Estrus Synchronization Prep - Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, explains why estrus synchronization might be a useful management tool for producers. Rick also advises farmers and ranchers to think about Breeding Soundness Evaluations for their bulls before breeding season. More information and tools on estrus synchronization can be found here. A recent UNL Extension article on the benefits of estrus synchronization can be found here.

Army Cutworm Scouting - Jeff Bradshaw, UNL Extension entomologist, describes how alfalfa and wheat producers can scout their fields for army cutworms.

Poultry Industry Update - The U.S. poultry industry is significantly important to soybean producers; it accounts for about 60 percent of soybean meal consumption. Sheila Purdum, UNL Extension poultry specialist, talks about Nebraska's poultry sector, its lawsuit challenging egg production laws in California and opportunities for future growth.

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