Market Journal – May 24, 2013

This week on Market Journal–

Livestock Markets – Kate Brooks, UNL Extension livestock economist, analyzes the latest USDA Livestock Slaughter report. Kate also talks about demand concerns in the cattle industry and export opportunities for beef and pork.

Beef Checkoff Announcement – After nine meetings across the state, the Nebraska Cattlemen has decided not to pursue a state-based checkoff program. Dave Hamilton, rancher from Thedford, Neb. and chairman of the Nebraska Cattlemen marketing and commerce committee, explains how months of drought affected the decision.

Farm Bill, Farm Program Discussion – Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, talks about the decision between ACRE and DCP. The ACRE sign up deadline is June 3. Brad also clarifies differences in House and Senate versions of a farm bill.

PEDV Confirmed in U.S. – On May 17, the USDA confirmed the presence of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in the United States. The virus is not a threat to humans or meat consumption. Dennis Hughes, Nebraska state veterinarian, describes the virus and how farmers can minimize the risk of contracting it on their farms.

Winter Wheat Treatment – Stephen Wegulo, UNL Extension plant pathologist, gives an update on rust issues in Nebraska's winter wheat crop. Stephen also addresses leaf spot, powdery mildew and fusarium head blight. Information on label restrictions can be found in Stephen's CropWatch article here .

Scout Emerging Corn –The latest USDA Crop Progress report shows 26% of Nebraska's corn crop has emerged. Those plants are now susceptible to injury from certain types of insects. Bob Wright, UNL Extension entomologist, says producers should be scouting for cutworms, wireworms and white grubs. Bob's recent CropWatch article can be found here .

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