Grain Markets – This week, the USDA released its crops progress report. The report shows 17% of corn in the U.S. has been planted. Elaine Kub, ARC Group, talks about her earlier acre predictions, a strengthening basis, and the ethanol industry.
     Heavy Precipitation Can Cause Soil Erosion – While heavy rainfall was welcomed last weekend, it was also damaging to bare soils. Paul Jasa, UNL Extension engineer, says the rapid rain eroded soils in some parts of the state.
     Mid-Spring Alfalfa Update – This past week brought cool temperatures and severe weather to Nebraska, which may have damaged alfalfa. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, gives options for fields affected by cold or hail.
     Grasshopper Damage – Western Nebraska has been lacking moisture, even with the recent rainfall seen in much of the state. Jeff Bradshaw, UNL Extension entomologist in Scottsbluff, says western Nebraska may see an increase in grasshopper damage due to dry weather.
     Communicating with Consumers – Lisa Lunz with the Nebraska Soybean Board says it’s important for producers to let consumers know where their food comes from, how it’s produced, and why it’s produced certain ways.
     Seven-Day Forecast – Al Dutcher, UNL Extension statewide climatologist, says this week will provide favorable conditions for planters. Much of the state may even see temperatures close to 90 degrees.