Market Analysis – Luke Beckman, Central Valley Ag commodity risk manager, analyzes the jumpy movement in the soybean market. Luke also gives his thoughts on short and long-term targets for sales in corn and soybeans.
Reducing Input Costs – Nathan Mueller, UNL Extension cropping systems educator, says seed, fertilizers and chemicals can make up 35 percent of crop production cost. Nathan discusses why it's important to examine how reducing those costs will impact profitability. As Nathan mentioned, growers can obtain yield result information from FirstSeedTests.com.
Aphids Can Increase SCN – Researchers at Iowa State University have discovered a link between soybean aphids and soybean cyst nematodes. Dr. Mike McCarville, currently with Bayer CropScience and formerly a masters and doctoral student at ISU, conducted the research, which was funded by the Iowa Soybean Association. Mike explains how field trials proved the relationship between aphids and SCN. UNL Extension estimates SCN cost Nebraska soybean growers $45 million in lost yields last year, but growers can submit soil samples for free, courtesy of the Nebraska Soybean Board.
PEDv in 2014 – Nebraska recorded its first case of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in December 2013. Nearly a year later, Bruce Brodersen, UNL School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences assistant professor, gives an update on PEDv severity over summer and fall. Bruce also talks about biosecurity options producers can take on their operations. 32 states have recorded a positive test for PEDv.
Weather Forecast – Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, gives his forecast for the coming week.