Market Journal - April 4, 2014

Market Analysis –“ Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., analyzes the USDA's reports on quarterly grain stocks and prospective planting acres. Roy also talks about selling strategies for old and new crop corn and soybeans.

Soybean Planting Dates –“ UNL research, funded by the Nebraska Soybean Board, has shown soybean planting dates can significantly impact yield. Roger Elmore, UNL Extension agronomist, discusses why the timing of planting soybeans is so important. Research data on soybean planting dates in Nebraska can be found here, and information on probabilities for the last spring freeze across Nebraska can be found here.

Meat Labeling Terms –“ Lindsay Chichester, UNL Extension educator, explains the meaning of several meat labeling terms. Recent articles from Lindsay can be found here.

Ethanol Production Margins –“ Ethanol stocks are in tight supply, 2013 provided an adequate corn crop and gasoline prices have increased. These conditions have provided a favorable scenario for ethanol producers. Dennis Conley, UNL professor of agricultural economics, examines profitable production margins.

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