Market Journal - May 9, 2014

Market Analysis –“ Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, analyzes hog slaughter weights, first quarter pork export numbers and current breakeven levels.

Census of Ag –“ The USDA has released detailed information from its 2012 Census of Agriculture. Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Agriculture director, talks about Nebraska's stats and how the state has managed to increase its number of farm operations.  View all the results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture here

Soybean Water Stress –“ Jim Specht, UNL professor of agronomy and horticulture, discusses his research, funded by the United Soybean Board, on how planting early can help farmers manage soybean water stress. A recent presentation on this research can be found here.

2013 Net Farm Income –“ Tina Barrett, Nebraska Farm Business, Inc. executive director, explains why her group of producers saw a drop in net farm income from 2012 to 2013.

Winter Wheat Update –“ Compared to the national average, Nebraska's winter wheat is faring well. The state's crop is rated 46 percent good-to-excellent. Stephen Wegulo, UNL Extension plant pathologist, gives an update on potential disease issues in Nebraska's wheat. More information on wheat disease management in Nebraska can be found here.

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