Market Analysis – Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, analyzes U.S. beef demand, the outlook for corn prices, the effects of ongoing drought and how the month of April has treated the feedlot industry.
PEDv Severity – The Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus continues to spread across the United States, with appearances in about 60 percent of the country's states. Ron Brodersen, Whole Hog Health Center veterinarian and American Association of Swine Veterinarians president-elect, describes the movement and severity of PEDv in Nebraska.
Corn Rootworm Resistance – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has documented a shift in susceptibility to rootworms, which could cause problems for the state's growers. Bob Wright, UNL Extension entomologist, talks about how resistance supports the need for crop rotation, different Bt hybrids and a diversity of control methods. A UNL article on this issue can be found here.
Early vs. Late Soybeans – Tapan Pathak, UNL Extension educator in climate variability, explains why early-planted soybeans may provide climatological benefits compared to late-planted soybeans. Tapan's recent CropWatch article on the topic can be found here.
Weather Forecast – Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, gives his forecast for the coming week.