Market Journal - January 17, 2014

Market Analysis –“ Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, discusses the recent USDA reports, U.S. winter wheat production and the outlook for wheat acres versus corn and soybean acres.

Increasing Soybean Profitability –“ The Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo, held in December 2013, is sponsored in part by the Nebraska Soybean Board. It presents updated research and checkoff information, and it also provides growers with information on current market and weather conditions. One presenter at the event was Illinois farmer Marion Calmer. Marion discusses his tips for growing soybeans based on years of on-farm research.

Winter Nitrate Dangers –“ Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, explains why livestock producers need to be aware of nitrate dangers when feeding stored forages during winter months.

Grain Storage –“ Some farmers may be holding grain longer than usual this year while waiting for the right price to sell. But if you're keeping corn in the bin for a long time, it's important the grain is in good enough shape to maintain as much condition as possible. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, talks about monitoring temperature and moisture levels of corn after a lengthy –“ and often wet –“ 2013 harvest. More resources on grain storage can be found here.