Market Journal - January 31, 2014

South America Preview –“ Argentina and Brazil have both dramatically added soybean acres. Many believe they can continue to put more soybeans in the ground. But many challenges stand in the way of making the transition from field to consumer a smooth one. Nonetheless, U.S. soybean producers have already felt South America's recent rise.

Market Analysis –“ Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, analyzes hog prices into February, the pork export market in 2014, and the continued effect of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus.

Finally a Farm Bill –“ The House has passed legislation on a new five-year Farm Bill. The Senate expects to move forward on approval next week. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, outlines the details of the new bill.

Spring Tree Planting –“ Your local NRD might be a good place to find seedlings when replacing or planting trees in landscapes and windbreaks. Sarah Browning, UNL Extension educator, explains what to look for in your next tree. Information from the Nebraska Forest Service can be found here. Information from the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum can be found here.

Feedlot Efficiency –“ While corn prices are much cheaper compared to after the 2012 harvest, not all inputs are low priced. Jim MacDonald, UNL beef cattle nutritionist, discusses how high priced calves are affecting margins. Jim also talks about how to analyze days in the feedlot and efficiency.

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