Cattle Markets – With falling gas prices, most consumers are willing to spend money on beef. Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, says even with more disposable income, consumers may second-guess a purchase from the beef counter after seeing higher than normal prices.
Food Safety – Transglutaminase and Fibrin are natural binding agents used in meat products. But some media reports have questioned other use. Market Journal–s Kurtis Harms reports.
Insects Emerging Early – Nebraska–s mild winter has helped plants grow at a faster rate than normal and have brought insects into fields sooner. UNL Extension entomologist Bob Wright says there are two pests producers should already be scouting for.
Managing Grasslands – Grasslands in Nebraska will be sensitive this spring due to the mild winter conditions. Martin Massengale, director of the UNL Center for Grassland Studies, recommends producers create a new grazing plan to help grass recover.
Nematodes in Cornfields – Nematodes are a common parasite in Nebraska cornfields. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says this is a good time for corn producers to sample their fields.
Drought Update – Concerns of drought continue throughout Nebraska. Al Dutcher, UNL Extension statewide climatologist, gives an update on drought conditions.