Market Journal - January 3, 2014

Market Analysis –“ Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., analyzes the negative slide for soybeans. Roy talks about the chances cash soybeans could get back above $13 and also looks ahead at the January crop report.

Buying Replacement Heifers –“ Weaker drought conditions and cheaper feeds are leading some cattle producers to expand their herds. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, talks about how producers can determine the cost of replacement heifers. More information, including spreadsheets from Kansas State and Oklahoma State, can be found here.

IANR Update –“ Ronnie Green, UNL IANR Harlan Vice Chancellor, talks about IANR–™s hiring initiative, the need for agricultural research and the Rural Futures Institute.

U.S. Free Trade –“ Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, explains progress in WTO and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks.

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