August 1, 2014

Cattle Market Analysis – The USDA's July Cattle Inventory Report estimated all cattle and calves in the U.S. at 95.0 million head, the lowest on July 1 since the USDA began tracking the data in 1973. That tight supply has led to record-high cattle prices. Mike Briggs, feedlot manager from Seward, Nebraska, analyzes current feedlot margins, the price of corn and the industry's recovery from drought.

Southern Rust Confirmed – Nebraska has its first case of southern rust. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, explains why it is important producers differentiate southern rust from common rust. Tamra also explains why certain growers might not want to treat this early in the season.

2014 Soybean Management Field Days – The 2014 Soybean Management Field Days will take place August 12-15 at four locations in Nebraska. Keith Glewen, UNL Extension educator, outlines the events. The field days are sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board and UNL Extension.

NHTC Program – Since 1999, the Non-Hormone Treated Cattle Program has helped U.S. beef producers trade their product with the European Union. Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Ag director, describes the program and talks about an upcoming set of presentations on verification programs.

Soybean Variety Testing – Amit Jhala, UNL Extension weed management specialist, discusses testing on Dicamba-tolerant and Balance GT soybean varieties. Amit also talks about the importance of weed control programs if farmers are able to use these seed varieties.

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