Market Journal –“ March 29, 2013

     Markets React after USDA Reports –“ John Meuret, J.E. Meuret Grain Company, analyzes corn and soybean markets after USDA reports on Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks. The USDA estimates U.S. farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn and 77.1 million acres of soybeans. In terms of soybean acres, Nebraska saw the biggest drop as a state at 7%.
     Irrigation Efficiency –“ Gary Zoubek, UNL Extension educator, explains why farmers should evaluate their irrigation efficiency before planting. A recent CropWatch article on the topic can be found HERE. A NebGuide on system capacity can be found HERE
     Estrus Synchronization –“ Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, says producers can plan now for estrus synchronization during the upcoming breeding season.
     LB 204 –“ Legislative Bill 204 would require anyone in Nebraska who witnesses animal abuse to report the behavior to law enforcement officials within 24 hours. UNL Extension ag law specialist Dave Aiken explains the bill and its background.
     Forage in Irrigated Ground –“ Planting forage in irrigated land has become a popular topic with continuing drought. Jerry Volesky, UNL Extension range and forage specialist, talks about the options for using grasses in this situation. Jerry will present a webinar on grazing annual forages on April 2nd. More information on the webinar can be found HERE.
     Weather Forecast –“ Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, gives his forecast for the coming week.