Market Journal - January 10, 2014

Cattle Market Analysis –“ Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, analyzes recent highs in the live cattle market, feeding margins and the year-over-year outlook change from 2013 to 2014.


Market Volatility –“ The March 2014 soybean contract lost 42½ cents last week. Is that type of volatility more common in today's corn and soybean markets than it was 50 years ago? Fabio Mattos, UNL agricultural economics assistant professor, looks at historical downside risk and upside potential in both commodities. Fabio's article on soybean market volatility and risk can be found here, and his article on the corn market can be found here.

Soybean Seed Treatments –“ The Nebraska Soybean Board provided UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources with more than $1.9 during the 2013 fiscal year for research on many aspects of soybean production. While there isn't a crop in the ground now, this might be a good time to think about inputs for the upcoming growing season based off previous seasons' research. Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist, talks about the use of soybean seed treatments.

Reading Forage Analyses –“ Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, explains what to look for in results of a forage sample analysis.

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