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Episode 630: October 24, 2014
Jeff Peterson, Heartland Farm Partners president, gives an update on harvest progress and recent market movement in corn and soybeans. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, discusses the Renewable Fuels Standard, Waters of the United States, a World Trade Organization decision on meat labeling, and decisions farmers will need to make under the new Farm Bill. Amit Jhala, UNL Extension weed management specialist, explains why controlling winter annual weeds after harvest is important. Richard Randle, UNL Extension beef veterinarian, says cattle producers can be preg-checking cows and preparing animals for winter months.

Episode 629: October 17, 2014
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, analyzes the USDA's October Crop Report. Dave Aiken, UNL Extension water and ag law specialist, reviews a case before the U.S. Supreme Court on the Republican River Compact. Dave Goeller, North Central Extension Risk Management Education Center deputy director, describes why Nebraska beginning farmer numbers might be increasing. John Hay, UNL Extension educator, talks about the U.S. biodiesel industry and its status under the Renewable Fuel Standard.

Episode 628: October 10, 2014
Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, analyzes the USDA's Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report. Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State Extension ag engineer, talks about optimum conditions for drying and storing corn and soybeans after harvest. Rod Johnson, Nebraska State Dairy Association executive director, describes Nebraska's dairy industry. Roger Elmore, UNL Extension agronomist, discusses research on cover crop use in Nebraska.

Episode 627: October 3, 2014
Darin Newsom, DTN senior analyst, looks at estimates from the USDA's Quarterly Grain Stocks Report. Don Wilhite, UNL professor of applied climate science, explains how climate change has affected Nebraska and could continue to have a significant impact on agriculture before the end of the century. Kate Brooks, UNL Extension livestock economist, analyzes inventories of cattle and hogs.

Episode 626: September 26, 2014
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Nebraska, analyzes corn and soybean markets. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, explains how to determine the amount of residue that should be taken off a field. Brian Krienke, UNL Extension soil educator, reviews research on the practice of using nitrogen in soybeans during the growing season. Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says identifying soybean diseases at this point in the season can still be useful in planning for future soybean plantings.

Episode 625: September 19, 2014
Mike Briggs, feedlot manager from Seward, Nebraska, analyzes recent market movement, slaughter numbers, input costs and overall demand for beef. With harvest approaching in the state, Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Ag director, provides a few safety tips. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says stalk rot has been observed in Nebraska cornfields. John Wilson, UNL Extension educator, discusses why soybean cyst nematode is so hard to notice, and he describes how farmers can sample their fields for SCN.

Episode 624: September 12, 2014
From the 2014 Husker Harvest Days - Jeff Peterson, Heartland Farm Partners president, analyzes the latest round of numbers from the USDA's September Crop Report. Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, analyzes current hog market prices. Bryce Anderson, DTN senior ag meteorologist, talks about the concerns of damp conditions forcing corn and soybean farmers into a long harvest. Gary Zoubek, UNL Extension educator, says the optimum moisture to harvest soybeans is 13 percent, and he explains why the timing of soybean harvest is important to yield and profit.

Episode 623: September 5, 2014
Luke Beckman, Central Valley Ag commodity risk manager, analyzes current crop conditions and discusses how record crops will affect corn and soybean markets. Kevin Korus, UNL Extension plant diagnostician, gives an overview of soybean diseases that could still be causing problems in Nebraska fields. Nathan Mueller, UNL Extension educator, says even though the 2014 growing season is not over, farmers can be thinking about soybean seed selection for the 2015 crop year. Tina Barrett, Nebraska Farm Business Inc. executive director, discusses if Nebraska will mirror the USDA's projection for a drop in 2014 net farm income.

Episode 622: August 29, 2014
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, analyzes the opportunities for a rally in soybeans, selling strategies for corn going into harvest, and the current condition of U.S. winter wheat. Tom Hunt, UNL Extension entomologist, gives an update on research with aphid tolerance in soybeans. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, outlines a few options to consider when thinking about marketing this year's calf crop. Aaron Stalker, UNL Extension beef range systems specialist, explains why using distillers grains could benefit producers – if they can properly store the product. Greg Kruger, UNL Extension cropping systems specialist, explains why farmers need to maintain a strong weed control program, even with new tools such as Roundup Ready Xtend and Enlist Duo.

Episode 621: August 22, 2014
Jim Robb, Livestock Marketing Information Center director, analyzes the record-high profit margins in the beef industry. Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says soybean diseases are appearing in some Nebraska fields. Chuck Hibberd, UNL Extension dean and director, describes the Raising Nebraska exhibit on display at the 2014 Nebraska State Fair. Jerry Volesky, UNL Extension range and forage specialist, talks about the current condition of grasses in the Sandhills. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, discusses three decisions producers will need to make in the near future: updating base acres and yield, deciding between Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage, and looking at the Supplemental Coverage Option.

Episode 620: August 15, 2014
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Nebraska, analyzes the USDA's August Crop Report. Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, says pig producers saw their most profitable months ever in March, April, May and June. Gary Zoubek, UNL Extension educator, explains the water needs of plants as they approach maturity. Dan Steinkruger, Nebraska State Farm Service Agency executive director, discusses signup for livestock emergency programs.

Episode 619: August 8, 2014
John Meuret, from J.E. Meuret Grain Company, analyzes the size of the current U.S. corn and soybean crops. Bob Wright, UNL Extension entomologist, says aphid populations have been low so far, but that could quickly change under the right conditions. Rob Eirich, UNL Extension educator and Nebraska Director of Beef Quality Assurance, explains the process of third-party audits in the beef industry. Stevan Knezevic, UNL Extension integrated weed management specialist, discusses the rise in weed resistance.

Episode 618: August 1, 2014
Mike Briggs, feedlot manager from Seward, Nebraska, analyzes current feedlot margins, the price of corn and the industry's recovery from drought. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, explains why it is important producers differentiate southern rust from common rust. Keith Glewen, UNL Extension educator, outlines the 2014 Soybean Management Field Days. Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Ag director, describes the Non-Hormone Treated Cattle program and talks about an upcoming set of presentations on verification programs. Amit Jhala, UNL Extension weed management specialist, discusses testing on Dicamba-tolerant and Balance GT soybean varieties.

Episode 617: July 25, 2014
Elaine Kub, author of "Mastering the Grain Markets," analyzes current crop conditions, Brazil's soybean acreage in 2015 and the trading ranges for corn and soybeans. Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist, talks about past research, sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board, on foliar fungicide applications in soybeans. Jeff Bradshaw, UNL Extension entomologist, explains where researchers are finding wheat stem sawflies. Dave Boxler, UNL Extension entomologist, says farmers and ranchers can be re-evaluating their fly control methods.

Episode 616: July 18, 2014
Jeff Peterson, Heartland Farm Partners president, analyzes regional and national crop conditions, possible market rallies and fund positions in both markets. Bob Klein, UNL Extension western Nebraska crops specialist, says farmers can now be focusing on controlling weeds appearing in harvested wheat fields. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, gives options for producers planting forages into irrigated wheat stubble after harvest. Greg Kruger, UNL Extension cropping systems specialist, talks about how farmers can manage drift when spraying. Karla Jenkins, UNL Extension cow/calf and range management specialist, discusses the water requirements for young calves.

Episode 615: July 11, 2014
Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State Extension livestock marketing specialist, analyzes feedlot profit margins, drought effects in Oklahoma and Texas and options for producers selling this year's calf crop. Lowell Sandell, UNL Extension weed science educator, discusses the yield impact of volunteer corn in soybeans. Amit Jhala, UNL Extension weed specialist, says if your weed control program worked well this year, you should change it next year. Market Journal's Kurtis Harms reports on the shortage of ag educators in the state.

Episode 614: July 4, 2014
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Nebraska, recaps corn and soybean market reaction to the USDA's estimates on quarterly grain stocks and planted acres reports and explains why farmers don't want to be holding crops by a certain point. Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, examines June's USDA Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says weather conditions have been favorable to northern corn leaf blight and gray leaf spot. Zach Rystrom, UNL entomology graduate student, talks about his research involving the soybean stem borer. Bob Wright, UNL Extension entomologist, says farmers can be scouting their cornfields for rootworms.

Episode 613: June 27, 2014
Luke Beckman, Central Valley Ag commodity risk manager, analyzes U.S. and Nebraska crops conditions leading up to Monday's USDA reports. Shane Ellis, Iowa State University Extension livestock economist, talks about the week's big gains in cattle futures markets, increasing the cattle herd and feeding margins. Bryce Anderson, DTN senior ag meteorologist, explains possible reasons behind Nebraska's extreme weather events in June. Charles Wortmann, UNL Extension nutrient management specialist, talks about leaching nitrates and denitrification in corn, as well as iron deficiency chlorosis in soybeans.

Episode 612: June 20, 2014
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, analyzes how poor growing conditions and lower projected production are affecting winter wheat prices. Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says recent severe weather could favor soybean seedling diseases. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, discusses a few of the problems farmers might be seeing in their cornfields, such as bacterial diseases and common smut. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, talks about the arguments for and against labeling genetically modified foods.

Episode 611: June 13, 2014
Cory Walters, UNL Extension economist, analyzes the USDA's latest set of numbers in the June Crop Report. MJ reports from Uehling where more than 120 farmers gathered to learn about assessing hail damage, determining insurance options and moving forward with the same or a new crop. Amit Jhala, UNL Extension weed management specialist, gives an update on resistance issues in the state. Gary Sullivan, UNL meat science assistant professor, discusses how feeding distillers grains to cattle could affect meat quality.

Episode 610: June 6, 2014
Jeff Peterson, Heartland Farm Partners president, discusses marketing strategies around potential storm-related damage and how the June Crop Report could influence corn and soybean markets. Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, talks about hog prices during May, the health of the U.S. economy and the continued impact of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. Roger Elmore, UNL Extension agronomist, explains how farmers can assess their fields for hail damage. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says farmers should be patient before treating hail-damaged fields for potential diseases. Dave Aiken, UNL Extension water and ag law specialist, discusses the EPA's plan to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent and how states could lower their carbon emissions.

Episode 609: May 30, 2014
Mike Briggs, feedlot manager from Seward, Nebraska, analyzes record-high futures prices for feeder cattle, April placements and beef prices in the grocery store. Stephen Wegulo, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says some Nebraska wheat fields might be experiencing problems with Fusarium head blight, rust or bacterial leaf streak. Bob Wright, UNL Extension entomologist, says corn and soybean farmers can be scouting their fields for common stalk borer and bean leaf beetle. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, gives information on corn seedling diseases, Goss's wilt and sampling for nematodes.

Episode 608: May 23, 2014
John Meuret, J.E. Meuret Grain Company, analyzes this week's soybean market surge, new crop soybean selling strategies and basis numbers in his area of northeast Nebraska. Jenny Rees, UNL Extension educator, explains how freezing temperatures affected corn, soybeans and wheat in areas of Nebraska. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, talks about cutting alfalfa for high-quality hay, planting grasses for summer use and storing hay. Ty Schmidt, UNL assistant professor of animal science, discusses research showing the temperament of cattle may affect feedlot performance.

Episode 607: May 16, 2014
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Nebraska, recaps the USDA's May Crop Report and analyzes long-term seasonal price charts for corn and soybean markets. Brian Fuchs, National Drought Mitigation Center, describes how recent precipitation benefitted dry areas of Nebraska. Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says current soil conditions provide favorable environments for soybean seedling diseases. Terry Hejny, Nebraska LEAD Program director, says the deadline for LEAD 34 is less than one month away. Kurtis Harms reports from Argentina's Proteco Feedlot to show how one of the country's larger operations is raising its animals.

Episode 606: May 9, 2014
Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, analyzes hog slaughter weights, first quarter pork exports and current breakeven levels. Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Agriculture director, talks about the 2012 Census of Agriculture and how Nebraska has managed to increase its number of farm operations. Jim Specht, UNL professor of agronomy and horticulture, discusses his research, funded by the United Soybean Board, on how early planting can help farmers manage soybean water stress. 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. Stephen Wegulo, UNL Extension plant pathologist, gives an update on potential disease issues in Nebraska's wheat.

Episode 605: May 2, 2014
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, discusses the condition of U.S. winter wheat, uncertainty in Ukraine and the May crop report. Greg Kruger, UNL Extension cropping systems specialist, says palmer amaranth has been one of the most challenging glyphosate-resistant weeds in the U.S. Kate Brooks, UNL Extension livestock economist, analyzes the relationship between beef prices and demand. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, talks about the current condition of pastures and discusses whether a delayed turnout might benefit producers in some areas of the state.

Episode 604: April 25, 2014
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, analyzes U.S. beef demand, the outlook for corn prices, the effects of ongoing drought and how the month of April has treated the feedlot industry. Ron Brodersen, Whole Hog Health Center veterinarian and American Association of Swine Veterinarians president-elect, describes the movement and severity of PEDv in Nebraska. Bob Wright, UNL Extension entomologist, talks about how corn rootworm resistance supports the need for crop rotation, different Bt hybrids and a diversity of control methods. Tapan Pathak, UNL Extension educator in climate variability, explains why early-planted soybeans may provide climatological benefits compared to late-planted soybeans.

Episode 603: April 18, 2014
Jeff Peterson, Heartland Farm Partners president, analyzes how China's cargo cancellations are affecting soybean markets. Dan Steinkruger, Nebraska State Farm Service Agency executive director, discusses sign-up for the Livestock Indemnity Program and Livestock Forage Disaster Program. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, explains why estrus synchronization might be a useful management tool for producers. Jeff Bradshaw, UNL Extension entomologist, describes how alfalfa and wheat producers can scout their fields for army cutworms. Sheila Purdum, UNL Extension poultry specialist, talks about Nebraska's poultry sector, its lawsuit challenging egg production laws in California and opportunities for future growth.

Episode 602: April 11, 2014
Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, analyzes lean and live hog market prices, USDA estimates on U.S. herd numbers and profitability for farmers in 2014. Lowell Sandell, UNL Extension weed science educator, talks about how slow weed growth could help farmers be more efficient in their control. Richard Randle, UNL Extension beef veterinarian, discusses infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK), more commonly known as pinkeye in cattle. Argentine farmer Santiago del Solar Dorrego talks about his view of agriculture in Argentina.

Episode 601: April 4, 2014
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., analyzes the USDA's reports on quarterly grain stocks and prospective planting acres. Roger Elmore, UNL Extension agronomist, discusses why the timing of planting soybeans is so important. Lindsay Chichester, UNL Extension educator, explains the meaning of several meat labeling terms. Dennis Conley, UNL professor of agricultural economics, examines profitable ethanol production margins.

Episode 600: March 28, 2014
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, describes the swing from negative to positive feedlot margins. John Meuret, J.E. Meuret Grain Company, analyzes corn and soybean markets ahead of the USDA's reports on grain stocks and prospective plantings. Jim Jansen, UNL research analyst, outlines the latest numbers for farmland real estate in the state. Steve Mason, UNL professor of agronomy and horticulture, explains how row spacing and seeding rate can impact corn yield.

Episode 599: March 21, 2014
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, analyzes how the turmoil in Ukraine and Russia could impact wheat and corn exports. Charles Shapiro, UNL Extension soil scientist, talks about spring soil sampling and discusses which nutrients to look for at certain depths in the soil. Greg Kruger, UNL Extension cropping systems specialist, talks about his greenhouse work with glyphosate-resistant kochia. Georgina Solanga and Juan Ignacio Alonso, both with Terminal 6 in Argentina, describe Argentina's transportation advantage when exporting grains. George Graef, UNL professor of agronomy and horticulture, has worked with UNL's soybean breeding program for many years and recently showed a group of Nebraska growers and researchers around his soybean plots in Chile.

Episode 598: March 14, 2014
Darin Newsom, DTN senior analyst, discusses Wednesday's soybean market drop, the USDA's March Crop Report and potential selling targets for old and new crops. Kate Brooks, UNL Extension livestock economist, analyzes current and future profit margins for feeders and cow/calf producers. Amaryllis Romano, Tendências consultoria integrada (Brazil), outlines Brazil's agricultural landscape. Derrel Martin, UNL Extension irrigation and water resources specialist, recaps UNL Extension's center pivot irrigation management short-courses and explains how farmers might be able to optimize efficiency.

Episode 597: March 7, 2014
Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, analyzes the recent lean hog futures rise, ongoing impacts from PEDv and the price of soybean meal. Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, talks about below-average winter temperatures and the weather outlook for spring. Monte Vandeveer, UNL Extension educator, outlines 2014 crop insurance options for farmers, specifically Revenue Protection policies. Fabiana Salgueiro Perobelli Urso, BM&FBOVESPA agribusiness products manager, discusses how farmers in Brazil can use futures contracts to protect their margins.

Episode 596: February 28, 2014
Jeff Peterson, president of Heartland Farm Partners, analyzes the recent run in the soybean market, fund positions and selling options for old and new crop. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, explains how Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) could offer protection to growers. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, discusses the importance of maintaining good cattle nutrition after calving. Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist, talks about the 2013 soybean cyst nematode test results.

Episode 595: February 21, 2014
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, discusses feeding margins, corn prices and consumer demand for beef. Jeff Wilkerson reports on post-harvest challenges in Brazil and Argentina in the final installment of our three-part series on South American soybean production. Kurtis Harms reports on the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center at UNL, which diagnoses disease problems in livestock in order to help farmers and ranchers treat their animals. Richard Randle, UNL Extension beef veterinarian, explains how farmers and ranchers can prepare for the calving season.

Episode 594: February 14, 2014
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., discusses USDA projections, as well as the recent soybean market run. Tina Barrett, Nebraska Farm Business, Inc., discusses how her group of producers fared in 2013 in regards to farm income. Bruce Brodersen, UNL School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences assistant professor, talks about how the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus is impacting hog operations in Nebraska and across the country. Jeff Wilkerson reports on soybean growing conditions in Brazil and Argentina in the second portion of our three-part series on South American soybean production.

Episode 593: February 7, 2014
Elaine Kub, author of "Mastering the Grain Markets," talks about the positive week for soybeans, the South American harvest and selling options for corn. Jeff Wilkerson reports on the growth of soybean production in Brazil and Argentina in the first portion of our three-part series on South American soybean production. Kate Brooks, UNL Extension livestock economist, analyzes the U.S. Cattle Inventory report and discusses the 2014 outlook for the cattle industry. Roger Wilson, UNL Extension budget enterprise analyst, outlines the 66 2014 crop budgets for Nebraska.

Episode 592: January 31, 2014
Market Journal previews its upcoming coverage of agriculture in Argentina and Brazil. Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, analyzes hog prices into February, the pork export market in 2014, and the continued effect of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, outlines the details of the new Farm Bill. Sarah Browning, UNL Extension educator, explains what to look for when planting trees in landscapes or in windbreaks. Jim MacDonald, UNL beef cattle nutritionist, discusses how high priced calves are affecting margins.

Episode 591: January 24, 2014
Jeff Peterson, president of Heartland Farm Partners, analyzes the current movements in corn and soybean markets. Held each summer and sponsored by checkoff dollars from the Nebraska Soybean Board, Soybean Management Field Days update producers on research and disease pressures to help growers make profitable management decisions. One component in these field days has been the use of foliar fungicide applications to soybeans at locations throughout the state. For farmers thinking about input prices this fall, these applications would cost money. But Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says in some cases, UNL studies have shown they can also boost yield. A different option is available to livestock producers disposing of animal carcasses. Amy Millmier Schmidt, UNL livestock bioenvironmental engineer, says Nebraska used to limit composting of carcasses to animals less than 600 pounds, but the restriction has been removed. Amy says that now allows producers to utilize another technique when managing livestock deaths. The United Nations expects the world's population will grow to approximately 9.6 billion people by 2050. It says to feed the world, producers will need to grow 70% more food, as measured by calories. Kelvin Leibold, Iowa State Extension farm management specialist, discusses whether that will equate to more demand for U.S. ag goods.

Episode 590: January 17, 2014
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, discusses the recent USDA reports, U.S. winter wheat production and the outlook for wheat acres versus corn and soybean acres. The Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo, held in December 2013, is sponsored in part by the Nebraska Soybean Board. It presents updated research and checkoff information, and it also provides growers with information on current market and weather conditions. One presenter at the event was Illinois farmer Marion Calmer. Marion discusses his tips for growing soybeans based on years of on-farm research. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, explains why livestock producers need to be aware of nitrate dangers when feeding stored forages during winter months.Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, talks about monitoring temperature and moisture levels of corn after a lengthy – and often wet – 2013 harvest. More resources on grain storage can be found here.

Episode 589: January 10, 2014
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, analyzes recent highs in the live cattle market, feeding margins and the year-over-year outlook change from 2013 to 2014. Fabio Mattos, UNL agricultural economics assistant professor, looks at historical downside risk and upside potential in both commodities. The Nebraska Soybean Board provided UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources with more than $1.9 during the 2013 fiscal year for research on many aspects of soybean production. While there isn't a crop in the ground now, this might be a good time to think about inputs for the upcoming growing season based off previous seasons' research. Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist, talks about the use of soybean seed treatments. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, explains what to look for in results of a forage sample analysis.

Episode 588: January 3, 2014
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., analyzes the negative slide for soybeans. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, talks about how producers can determine the cost of replacement heifers. Ronnie Green, UNL IANR Harlan Vice Chancellor, talks about IANR's hiring initiative, the need for agricultural research and the Rural Futures Institute. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, explains progress in WTO and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade talks.

Episode 587: December 27, 2013
David Kohl, Virginia Tech professor emeritus and president of AgriVisions LLC, explains the importance of both national and international economies in the success of U.S. agriculture. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, explains the purpose of the 2014 Ranching for Profitability meetings at eight locations in Nebraska during January. Melissa O'Rourke, Iowa State Extension farm and agribusiness management specialist, explains important issues farmers and ranchers may want to consider when conducting estate planning. Karen Genswein, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, describes her research on measuring animal welfare in cattle. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University professor of ag meteorology, forecasts how the rest of winter could play out and looks ahead to 2014.

Episode 586: December 20, 2013
Darin Newsom, DTN senior analyst, discusses the U.S. Federal Reserve's decision to begin tapering its stimulus efforts. Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, analyzes the impact of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, discusses Farm Bill proceedings. Gregg Doud, president of Commodity Markets Council, explains the importance of U.S. beef exports.

Episode 585: December 13, 2013
Nick Mueller, Stewart-Peterson senior market advisor, analyzes the latest USDA supply and demand reports, as well as selling strategies for old and new crop corn and soybeans. Keith Glewen, UNL Extension educator, outlines the Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo. Paul Jasa, UNL Extension engineer, discusses how the use of soybeans is moving farther west in Nebraska. Roger Hoy, director of the Nebraska Tractor Test Lab, talks about engine emission regulations in tractors.

Episode 584: December 6, 2013
Jim Robb, Livestock Marketing Information Center director, analyzes profit margins for cow-calf producers and feedlots into 2014. John Meuret, J.E. Meuret Grain Company, discusses the upcoming December Crop Report, the current momentum in soybeans, and the demand market for corn. With colder weather here, Rick Funston, UNL Extension beef reproductive physiologist, gives tips for winter nutrition in cattle. Scott Cotton, UNL Extension educator, discusses the impact of the devastating October snow storm and recovery efforts after the damage.

Episode 583: November 29, 2013
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, analyzes the current winter wheat conditions, export markets for U.S. wheat, and international production. Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, updates soil moisture conditions in Nebraska. Bruce Johnson, UNL professor of ag economics, explains how the ag sector has become the heavy lifter of local government services in rural areas. Throughout a 48-year career at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Terry Klopfenstein, UNL emeritus professor, has made a deep impact on the beef industry.

Episode 582: November 22, 2013
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, analyzes the high feeder cattle market, packer margins, and production numbers for the fourth quarter. Jeff Peterson, president of Heartland Farm Partners, discusses being bearish or bullish in corn and soybean markets. Galen Erickson, UNL Extension beef feedlot specialist, talks about the use of Zilmax and beta-agonists in the feedlot.

Episode 581: November 15, 2013
Steve Koontz, Extension economist, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, Colorado State University, weighs the upside and downside potential in corn and soybean markets. Todd Neeley, DTN staff reporter, joins us to discuss the Associated Press coverage on U.S. ethanol production. Charles Shapiro, UNL Extension soil scientist, talks about why spring nitrogen application might be more efficient than fall application. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, outlines how crop insurance could change under a new Farm Bill. Lubben also discusses the Omaha Ag Outlook conference, which will take place December 6 and 7 in Omaha.

Episode 580: November 8, 2013
Kate Brooks, UNL Extension livestock economist, discusses the recent Cattle on Feed report, farmers and ranchers holding heifers for expansion, and fed cattle prices. Elaine Kub, author of "Mastering the Grain Markets," analyzes the November Crop Report. Bruce Brodersen, UNL School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences assistant professor, talks about biosecurity precautions producers should take as the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus continues to spread. Allan Vyhnalek, UNL Extension educator, says producers can attend workshops on ag land leases during November and December. Klein Ileleji, Purdue University Extension engineer, talks about how you can ensure your grain stays in the best possible quality through winter and into 2014.

Episode 579: November 1, 2013
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., talks about the upcoming November Crop Report, the dead cat bounce in soybeans, and basis numbers in his area of the state. Ernie Goss, Jack A. MacAllister Chair in Regional Economics, professor of economics, Creighton University, discusses the Rural Mainstreet Index. Stephen Wegulo, UNL Extension plant pathologist, gives an overview of the current growing conditions and the possible disease outlook for Nebraska's winter wheat. Azzeddine Azzam, UNL professor of agricultural economics, discusses the recent UNL Cornhusker Economics article, which details how China's changing diet towards higher meat consumption has helped U.S. corn and soybean production.

Episode 578: October 25, 2013
Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension ag economist, discusses how the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus is impacting U.S. hog numbers. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, describes the Livestock Indemnity Program and talks about whether or not producers can expect LIP coverage when Congress passes a new Farm Bill. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says now is a good time for growers to begin thinking about seed corn selection for next spring. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, says sampling forages before feeding them to livestock is a good practice to ensure accurate quality.

Episode 577: October 18, 2013
Wade Johannes, Commodity Risk Manager with Central Valley Ag, talks about harvest progress in northeast Nebraska, selling strategies for corn and soybeans, and the export market for U.S. grain. Jenny Nixon, UNL Extension educator in Sioux county, explains why a recent snow storm had such a large impact on livestock in the area. Kurtis Harms reports on damaged windbreaks. Lowell Sandell, UNL Extension weed science educator, describes how producers can work to control weeds during October and November.

Episode 576: October 11, 2013
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, talks about how lower corn prices could help profit margins in the feeding sector. Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist, explains why sampling soils after harvest can help you confirm your fields are free of Soybean Cyst Nematode. In January a United States Supreme Court special master concluded Nebraska's new Republican River irrigation regulations are sufficient to keep the state in compliance with the Republican River Basin Compact in dry years. Dave Aiken, UNL Extension water law specialist, outlines those plans. Jeff Wilkerson reports on a recent UNL study, which calculated the drought damage in 2012 as it relates to corn use. To fully offset drought effects, a 64% waiver of the ethanol mandate would've been necessary.

Episode 575: October 4, 2013
Jeff Peterson, president of Heartland Farm Partners, analyzes the USDA's latest Grain Stocks report. Galen Erickson, UNL Extension beef feedlot specialist, discusses the use of beta-agonists in cattle feeding and the decision by some processors to no longer accept cows fed Zilmax. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, outlines a few tips for producers to keep in mind when allowing cattle to graze stalks. Nebraska plays a large role in contributing to ethanol and biodiesel. With help from the Renewable Fuel Standard, using corn and soybeans for renewable fuels has been a benefit to farmers, motorists and residents across the country.

Episode 574: September 27, 2013
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., analyzes corn and soybean markets as the 2013 harvest begins in Nebraska. Nathan Kauffman, assistant vice president and Omaha Branch Executive with the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, looks at record farm incomes, Nebraska's high agricultural land prices, and the current state of the U.S. economy. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, says the number one concern for producers weaning calves should be to minimize stress for the calf. Aaron also talks about potential benefits of windrow grazing for cattle during the fall and winter.

Episode 573: September 20, 2013
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, discusses wheat market influences, this week's stock market record, and the FSA's prevented planting acre update. While pig producers have recently been able to carve out narrow profits, cattle feeders are still saddled with losses. Shane Ellis, Iowa State Extension livestock economist, says a large corn crop could help turn those losses around. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, describes the legislation members of the U.S. House of Representatives are set to vote on. Even though drought wasn't as widespread and severe in Nebraska as 2012, nitrates could still pose a danger. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, gives recommendations to help producers safely feed forages to their livestock.

Episode 572: September 13, 2013
John Meuret, J.E. Meuret Grain Company, analyzes the USDA's September crop report. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, describes what you can look for in hail damaged corn and storage options after harvest. Charles Shapiro, UNL Extension soil scientist, discusses if nitrogen applications in soybeans are critical for high yields. Joe Luck, UNL Extension precision agriculture engineer, explains why yield monitor calibrations are critical for ensuring accurate harvest data.

Episode 571: September 6, 2013
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, talks about sustained losses in the feeding sector and if a large corn crop could turn margins in 2014. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State professor of ag meteorology, describes the difficult growing season for Iowa's farmers and how an early frost could impact production. Ronnie Green, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources Harlan Vice Chancellor, explains the impetus of starting the Rural Futures Institute and the value of this year's conference. Galen Erickson, UNL Extension beef feedlot specialist, talks about pricing, chopping and utilizing silage from Nebraska cornfields. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says hail damaged fields could be susceptible to other problems, such as stalk rot.

Episode 570: August 30, 2013
Elaine Kub, author of "Mastering the Grain Markets," discusses corn and soybean market reaction during an incredibly hot week. Bob Klein, UNL Extension western Nebraska crops specialist, says soybean growers can use nodules to help determine how a plant is using nitrogen. Wayne Ohnesorg, UNL Extension educator, says even a cooler summer this year hasn't attracted many soybean aphids. Greg Kruger, UNL Extension cropping systems specialist, explains why different inch row spacing can help improve or decrease yields at harvest. Matt Stockton, UNL Extension economist, details UNL research on the case between smaller and larger cows.

Episode 569: August 23, 2013
Pastures are in better shape than they were last summer, and a possible record fall harvest could be on the horizon. However, Jim Robb, Livestock Marketing Information Center, says the losses in the cattle industry are difficult to ignore. Jerry Volesky, UNL Extension range and forage specialist, says forages in the Sandhills have improved since last year due to near normal precipitation. Jenny Rees, UNL Extension educator, explains UNL's Hybrid-Maize model and what it's predicting for the rest of the growing season. Bruce Johnson, UNL professor of agricultural economics, details the current state of Nebraska's livestock industries and why those sectors are important to crop growers. Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist, details diseases farmers may be finding in their soybean fields.

Episode 568: August 16, 2013
Wade Johannes, Commodity Risk Manager with Central Valley Ag, analyzes how corn and soybean markets reacted to the USDA's latest round of reports. Reports across the Midwest are showing cattle suffering from ergot poisoning. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says southern rust is currently confirmed in approximately 20 Nebraska counties. The most expensive setback for Nebraska soybean growers is soybean cyst nematode. It has been identified in 54 Nebraska counties and has been found as far west as McCook. Stevan Knezevic, UNL Extension integrated weed management specialist, discusses the problem of weed resistance in Nebraska fields.

Episode 567: August 9, 2013
For the first time in ten months, pig producers were able to turn a profit in June. Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension ag economist, talks about whether or not that might continue. Lowell Sandell, UNL Extension weed science educator, gives options for controlling glyphosate-resistant giant ragweed and waterhemp. Jim Stack, Kansas State University professor of plant pathology, discusses how plant biosecurity plays a role in ensuring an adequate food supply. Tina Barrett, Nebraska Farm Business, Inc., talks about tax preparations after years of record-high incomes.

Episode 566: August 2, 2013
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., analyzes the corn and soybean markets' attempts to recover after last week. If 2013 input costs are similar to 2012, breakeven margins might be tight. Tina Barrett, Nebraska Farm Business, Inc., looks at these narrowing margins in corn and soybeans. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says the severity of southern rust in corn isn't widespread, but that could change with the recent damp and cool conditions. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, describes the outlook for a new Farm Bill as lawmakers leave Congress for their summer recess. Keith Glewen, UNL Extension educator, says the 2013 Soybean Management Field Days will be held at four locations across the state. Robert Tigner, UNL Extension educator, analyzes the current state of the dairy industry, dairy consumption and the MILC outlook.

Episode 565: July 26, 2013
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, analyzes the recent drop in soybeans, U.S. winter wheat harvest results, and international production and demand. With colleagues from universities across midwestern soybean producing states, Kiersten Wise, Purdue University botany and plant pathologist, studied the decision to apply foliar fungicides in soybeans. While results showed a yield boost in response, the choice to apply isn't necessarily recommended in every situation. Matt Spangler, UNL Extension beef genetics specialist, discusses the recent DNA Technology in Beef Cattle Conference. UNL educators are reporting the presence of spider mites in Nebraska corn and soybean fields. Bob Wright, UNL Extension entomologist, gives scouting and treatment suggestions for the pests. Organized in 1994, UNL's Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic can help farmers identify growing issues in their crops. Kurtis Harms reports.

Episode 564: July 19, 2013
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, discusses prolonged losses in the feedlot, the need for a big corn crop in 2013 and what the cattle industry might look like a year from now. Nebraska's Farm Service Agency has authorized emergency haying and grazing of CRP acres in 54 Nebraska counties due to drought. Mid-summer brings the threat of damage from soybean aphids. Keith Jarvi, UNL Extension educator, talks about scouting, treating and what growers might be able to expect this year. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, explains the prevalence of Goss's wilt in Nebraska cornfields. In 2012, Nebraska farmers harvested nearly 5 million acres of soybeans. Those beans are used to feed livestock, they are ingredients in household products, and now educators are using soybean production, as well as Nebraska agriculture, to teach science to their students.

Episode 563: July 12, 2013
Darin Newsom, DTN senior analyst, analyzes grain markets after the USDA's latest supply and demand estimates for corn, soybeans, and wheat production. Kate Brooks, UNL Extension livestock economist, breaks down livestock markets and how a recent fed cattle run might help producers ease losses. With Nebraska's wheat growers harvesting 12 percent of their crop so far, farmers with that now-open land may opt to put something different in the ground. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, says there are steps you can take to give those next plants a better chance at thriving. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, discusses early weaning calves and if 2013 is putting farmers and ranchers into last year's situation of surviving until fall corn stalks become available.

Episode 562: July 5, 2013
Jeff Peterson, president of Heartland Farm Partners, analyzes market action in the days after Friday's USDA reports. Stephen Baenziger, UNL professor of agronomy and horticulture, describes the condition of Nebraska's winter wheat. Stephen also talks about how drought has affected seed supply. Karla Jenkins, UNL Extension cow/calf and range management specialist, talks about why farmers and ranchers may be forced to feed cattle in confinement because of back-to-back dry years. Several UNL Extension educators in eastern Nebraska have reported the presence of Japanese beetles. Bob Wright, UNL Extension entomologist, describes how corn and soybean producers can identify the insect and thresholds for treatment.

Episode 561: June 28, 2013
Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension ag economist, discusses the inventory of U.S. hogs, pork prices in the grocery story, and why cattle and hog producers are living on opposite sides of the bottom line. John Meuret, J.E. Meuret Grain Company, reacts to the latest USDA reports on grain stocks and planted acres. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, talks about the breakdown of new legislation, and where the farm bill goes from here. – Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, discusses the prospects for cattle in Western Nebraska, and how this area has recently fared in rainfall. Jeff Bradshaw, UNL Extension entomologist, talks about alfalfa weevils in the panhandle, and how a different insect may be impacting Nebraska's winter wheat. Dennis Strauch, Pathfinder Irrigation District General Manager, discusses recent rainfall and how some irrigating regions still will face allocations this growing season. With 95 percent of Nebraska's soybeans now above ground, Lowell Sandell, UNL Extension weed science educator, outlines options for postememergence control.

Episode 560: June 21, 2013
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., reacts to the latest USDA crop progress report. Roy also discusses how delayed planting could affect corn and soybean markets. Another portion of southeast Nebraska has exited drought conditions, according to the latest UNL drought monitor. Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, discusses what the upcoming months have in store, and how this year's patterns compare to 2012. Stan Garbacz from the Nebraska Department of Ag recaps a few of his recent international trips, including his latest to Turkey. Nebraska Department of Ag director, Greg Ibach, is encouraging farmers with hay, forage or pasture they wish to sell or lease to use the department's hay hotline. Bruce Johnson, UNL Ag Economist, looks at the value of center pivots in the state and how they operate at a premium compared to an earlier form of Nebraska irrigation.

Episode 559: June 14, 2013
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, reacts to the USDA's latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. Greg Tylka, Iowa State Extension plant pathologist, discusses his research on soybean cyst nematode and the effectiveness of certain seed to the pest. UNL Extension recently held a workshop on the sustainable use of crop residues on cow/calf and yearling operations. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, explains why producers may be forced to use less desirable feed sources. Matt Stockton, UNL Extension agricultural economist, talks about decision making for cattle producers during drought, including choices on selling portions of a herd. Aaron Nygren, UNL Extension educator, shows growers how they can use soil sensors and evapotranspiration gauges to monitor their crop water use.

Episode 558: June 7, 2013
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, discusses winter wheat condition, a GMO find in Oregon, and the outlook for wheat prices. Much of Nebraska received rain last week, and some areas recorded more than four inches of precipitation. Charles Shapiro, UNL Extension soil scientist, says there is a definite chance some nitrogen leached. Bob Wright, UNL Extension entomologist, says there are insects producers can be watching for. Bob talks about looking for damage in corn from common stalk borer, and scouting for bean leaf beetle in soybean. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, explains how producers can sample their cornfields for nematodes. Kevin Korus, UNL Extension plant diagnostician, explains how pythium affects seedlings and other issues, such as phytophthora and rhizoctonia. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, says recent rains have helped Nebraska pastures. Bruce advises on alfalfa condition and cutting.

Episode 557: May 31, 2013
Elaine Kub, author of "Mastering the Grain Markets," analyzes how planting delays may affect overall acres. Elaine also discusses speculators' trading positions and the condition of the U.S. economy. Aaron Nygren, UNL Extension educator, shows growers how they can use soil sensors and evapotranspiration gauges to monitor their crop water use. Greg Kruger, UNL Extension cropping systems specialist, explains his crop rotation research in North Platte studying wheat, corn, soybeans and cover crops. UNL Extension will be holding a workshop June 10th on the sustainable use of crop residues in cow-calf and yearling operations. Aaron Stalker, UNL Extension beef range systems specialist, outlines the presentations. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, describes new regulations to country of origin labeling and how packers and producers will have to comply.

Episode 556: May 24, 2013
Kate Brooks, UNL Extension livestock economist, analyzes the latest USDA Livestock Slaughter report. After nine meetings across the state, the Nebraska Cattlemen has decided not to pursue a state-based checkoff program. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, talks about the decision between ACRE and DCP. On May 17, the USDA confirmed the presence of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in the United States. Stephen Wegulo, UNL Extension plant pathologist, gives an update on rust issues in Nebraska's winter wheat crop. Corn plants are now susceptible to injury from certain types of insects.

Episode 555: May 17, 2013
Jeff Peterson, Heartland Farm Partners, talks about continued planting delays, low corn exports, and possible selling strategies for soybeans and corn. Jerry Volesky, UNL Extension range and forage specialist, discusses the current condition of grasses near North Platte, Neb. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, says farmers and ranchers can use preventative measures to control weeds. Anderson says one of those options is to use specific grazing techniques. Dave Boxler, UNL Extension educator in entomology, talks about thresholds and treatments for horn, face and stable flies. Drought has forced producers to cut herd numbers and, in some situations, dry-lot cattle for extended periods of time. Rick Funston, UNL Extension beef cattle reproductive physiologist, discusses breeding and synchronization in confinement. Rick also talks about keeping an eye on body condition leading up to breeding.

Episode 554: May 10, 2013
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, discusses trouble in the cattle markets. With record-low inventory, many analysts believed a new high would come during the summer; but concerns about consumer demand seem to be dragging those hopes down. Tina Barrett, Nebraska Farm Business, Inc., says producers she surveys noted a 2012 net farm income drop. Tina explains why some producers were able to make a profit, and what hindered others. Clyde Ogg, UNL Extension pesticide safety educator, talks abut the pesticide container recycling program in Nebraska. More than 900 people have moved through the Nebraska LEAD Program during the last 32 years. Terry Hejny, UNL LEAD Program director, talks about the benefits of applying to this LEAD class.

Episode 553: May 3, 2013
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., examines how planting delays might affect corn and soybean markets. Roy also discusses selling strategies for both old and new crop grain. Stephen Wegulo, UNL Extension plant pathologist, gives recommendations for scouting and treating diseases in winter wheat. Jim Orf, University of Minnesota Soybean Breeding and Genetics, measures the differences in soybean genetics between U.S. soybeans and South American soybeans. Poor growing conditions may lead to lower numbers of grasshoppers in the Panhandle. Jeff Bradshaw, UNL Extension entomologist, explains how grasshoppers and army cutworms may impact growers.

Episode 552: April 26, 2013
Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension ag economist, analyzes lack of pork demand, break-even marks, and how a big 2013 corn crop could help livestock producers. Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, said a widespread portion of Nebraska saw twice the normal April precipitation. Kurtis Harms reports from Las Vegas about a company using soybean oil in its synthetic turf. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, discusses whether farmers and ranchers should wait to turn cattle out into pastures because of drought. Jay Jenkins, UNL Extension educator, explains what owners and renters should put into leases when arranging grazing land contracts. Bob Klein, UNL Extension western Nebraska crops specialist, describes how recent below-freezing temperatures affected winter wheat.

Episode 551: April 19, 2013
Wade Johannes, Commodity Risk Manager with Central Valley Ag, discusses Monday's market slide, delayed planting concerns, and price range forecasts for corn and soybeans. Lowell Sandell, UNL Extension weed science educator, looks at the progression of winter and summer annual weeds, as well as treatment options for producers. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, shows how farmers and ranchers can score udders and teats after cows calve. Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State Extension engineer, explains how drought changes soil structure and can affect homes and agricultural structures.

Episode 550: April 12, 2013
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, reacts to the USDA's World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report. Frayne also looks at the condition of emerging winter wheat across the country. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, says recent precipitation doesn't equal the end of drought. Bruce says pastures will likely need several inches of rain just to get back to where they normally begin the growing season. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, breaks down the decision of enrollment in ACRE or DCP farm programs. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, gives an update on calving progress in Nebraska. Rick also explains why it's a good practice to keep certain records during calving. The inventory of cattle in the U.S. is at historically low levels. Jim Gosey, UNL emeritus professor in animal science, discusses the challenge of increasing the industry's herd size, as well as recommendations for the upcoming breeding season.

Episode 549: April 5, 2013
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, says recent USDA reports were a nice surprise, as they helped lower corn prices. The latest National Agricultural Statistics Service report classifies 49% of Nebraska's winter wheat as poor or very poor. Greg Kruger, UNL Extension cropping systems specialist, describes winter wheat condition near North Platte. Winter wheat in Nebraska's Panhandle is suffering from dryness, but army cutworms are also threatening the crop. Jeff Bradshaw, UNL Extension entomologist, explains how producers can treat this pest. With 94% of Nebraska categorized in either extreme or exceptional drought, most crop growers will likely begin the 2013 planting season with moisture deficits. Derrel Martin, UNL Extension water and irrigation resources specialist, explains why most farmers should resist the urge to irrigate before planting. Tom Hunt, UNL Extension entomologist, reviews his work researching an aphid resistant soybean variety.

Episode 548: March 29, 2013
John Meuret, J.E. Meuret Grain Company, analyzes corn and soybean markets after USDA reports on Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks. Gary Zoubek, UNL Extension educator, explains why farmers should evaluate their irrigation efficiency before planting. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, says producers can plan now for estrus synchronization during the upcoming breeding season. 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. 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.

Episode 547: March 22, 2013
Kate Brooks, UNL Extension livestock economics specialist, analyzes breakeven numbers for cattle and hogs. Kate also talks about the lack of exports in U.S. meat and the price forecast for spring. The preliminary report from the 2013 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Nebraska Farm Real Estate Market Developments Survey shows the state's all-land average value rose 25 percent over a twelve-month period from February 1, 2012 to February 1, 2013. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, explains three issues facing the cattle industry: changes in Country of Origin Labeling, disaster funding, and an Environmental Protection Agency information release. Thomas Mielke, director of Oil World in Hamburg, Germany, details the volume problem in soybeans, the demand for soy in the future, and the potential for soybeans in Africa. Because of drought conditions, many pastures will be less than ideal for cattle producers. Jim MacDonald, UNL beef cattle nutritionist, talks about planning to manage the early weaning of calves.

Episode 546: March 15, 2013
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., discusses seasonal price trends for corn and soybean markets before key USDA reports on March 28. Roy also analyzes selling options for old crop corn and soybeans and how to price the new 2013 crop. Charles Shapiro, UNL Extension soil scientist, says soil tests are finding varying rates of nitrogen in fields. Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Extension agronomist, explains his research on corn, soybean and wheat rotation. Emerson says there is a more profitable option for many farmers. From the World Soybean Research Conference in Durban, South Africa. UNL Extension forage specialist Bruce Anderson explains why you may want to buy summer annual forage grass seed sooner rather than later. There are simple precautions farmers can take to protect the health of their lungs. Dr. Susanna Von Essen, University of Nebraska Medical Center professor of internal medicine, also explains how hog farmers have seen improvement in pulmonary health.

Episode 545: March 8, 2013
Darin Newsom, DTN Senior Analyst, explains why he's bullish on soybeans. Darin also characterizes the demand market for corn, and explains price potential for winter wheat. Africa's Agricultural Potential – Africa holds more than half of the world's uncultivated arable land. Some countries are already making investments in land and warehouses on the world's second largest continent. Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, says farmers can probably expect more rainfall this year than in 2012. Elwynn also explains why farmers might get a hint of spring precipitation from Arkansas. Missouri farmer Kip Cullers holds a world record for growing 160.6 bushels of soybeans per acre in 2010. Kip describes his thought process behind trying new techniques in the field.

Episode 544: March 1, 2013
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, analyzes cattle market price outlook and the concern over consumer demand. Alexandre José Cattelan, Embrapa Soybean Brazil director, discusses the size and condition of the 2013 Brazilian soybean harvest. Cattelan also explains the difficulties Brazil faces in exporting its production due to inadequate infrastructure. With only a few weeks of winter left, Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist recaps winter precipitation and gives a brief outlook of spring weather possibilities. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, talks about what producers can be thinking about for grazing during spring and summer, including alfalfa's water use, selecting seed early, and windrow grazing.

Episode 543: February 22, 2013
Elaine Kub speaks with Jeff Peterson, president of Heartland Farm Partners and lecturer in the Ag Economics department, about her analysis of the current markets. Meetings about a proposed state checkoff program will be help across Nebraska for cattle producers. Ann Marie Bosshamer, Nebraska Beef Council Executive Director, explains what will be covered at the meetings. The goal of the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network is to implement a statewide on-farm research program that addresses critical farmer production, profitability, and natural resources questions. Keith Glewen, UNL Extension educator talks about the network's benefits, and about the recent Soybean Management Field Day Research Updates. Derrel Martin, UNL Extension water and irrigation resources specialist, explains how farmers can manage crops with limited water.

Episode 542: February 15, 2013
Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension ag economist, discusses the hog markets' seasonal trend, Russia's restrictions on meat imports, and when producers might see profits. The Nebraska LEAD program is currently accepting applications for LEAD class 33. LEAD program director Terry Hejny explains how participants benefit from the LEAD program. One stop in Market Journal's recent See For Yourself trip included a visit to a Louisiana sugarcane farm. The operation uses soybeans in its fallow rotation. Kurtis Harms reports on the practice's benefits. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, weighs enrollment in the ACRE and direct and counter-cyclical farm programs. Brad also outlines the upcoming Cornhusker Economics Outlook Meetings. Is the ethanol industry in trouble? Dennis Conley, UNL agriculture economics professor, describes the seasonality of Nebraska's ethanol plants and how important distillers grains have been to these operations.

Episode 541: February 8, 2013
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, analyzes the current export market, international production, and how drought conditions are affecting wheat prices. A group of Nebraska soybean producers recently traveled to the Port of New Orleans where they saw the importance of the port, and its location on the Mississippi River, to U.S. agriculture. Dan Steinkruger, Nebraska State Farm Service Agency executive director, outlines farm program implementation under the Farm Bill extension. Dan also discusses the USDA's microloan program and CRP updates. – Robert Tigner, UNL Extension educator, examines a change in the export market, continuing feed costs, and why milk supply may be on the rise.

Episode 540: February 1, 2013
Jeff Peterson, Heartland Farm Partners president, examines the upside and downside risk of the soybean market. Janine Moreau Mansour, commercial manager, Port of New Orleans, explains how the Port of New Orleans supplies buyers overseas with U.S. goods. Bruce Johnson, UNL professor of agricultural economics, talks about whether Nebraska farmland has entered a bubble that is about to burst. Drought conditions last summer may have dried ponds and creeks, forcing farmers and ranchers to haul water to their cattle. UNL Extension forage specialist Bruce Anderson says it might be a good time to develop more wells or pipelines to reliably put water into tanks. In the latest Nebraska Agricultural Statistics Service report, the state's cattle and calves rated 75 percent good to excellent with five percent of cows calving since January first. Rick Rasby outlines condition guidelines for cows yet to calve and discusses how cattle producers have benefitted with cows on uncovered stalks.

Episode 539: January 25, 2013
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, says the possibility of Japan accepting U.S. beef up to 30 months old may not have a huge effect. Mike also gives his thoughts on the recent market dip and corn prices until fall harvest. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension Plant Pathologist, says even though drought conditions in 2012 weren't necessarily conducive to disease development, pathogens are still in the soil. The 28th annual Women in Ag conference will take place February 21st and 22nd in Kearney. Cheryl Griffith, the project coordinator of the conference, lays out what people can expect this year. UNL has released its 2013 Guide to Weed Management. Lowell Sandell, UNL Extension weed science educator, describes the features in this year's issue. In the final interview of our three-part series with Tina Barrett, Nebraska Farm Business, Inc., we outline changes to the estate tax.

Episode 538: January 18, 2013
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., gives his thoughts on the latest USDA reports, demand for corn, rationing in soybeans, and selling strategies. Temple Grandin was the 9th speaker of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Heuermann Lecture Series. Grandin, a professor of animal science at Colorado State University, talked about animal welfare and communicating with consumers. The 2012 growing season marked the second year of replicated field research conducted at the Soybean Management Field Day sites. Keith Glewen, UNL Extension educator, says he hopes producers will come not only to see the results, but also to share their concerns with researchers. In our second of a three-part tax series with Tina Barrett, Nebraska Farm Business Inc. director, we'll look at changes to capital gains and the alternative minimum tax. Because of modifications, we'll see a difference in individual income taxes as well. UNL Extension beef specialist Rick Rasby says some cowherds have started calving, with more to come as we approach March. But weather conditions in Nebraska over the last year have added management considerations for those producers.

Episode 537: January 11, 2013
Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension ag economist, discusses the bearish hogs and pigs report. Ron also believes spring farrowings will be down more than the USDA forecast. Elaine Kub, author of "Mastering the Grain Markets," joins us after the release of Friday's USDA reports. In the first of a three-part series Tina Barrett, Nebraska Farm Business, Inc., explains the changes to depreciation and payroll tax. Greg Horstmeier, Telvent DTN editor-in-chief, discusses the recent DTN/The Progressive Farmer Agriculture Confidence Index. The survey shows farmers and ranchers feel better after the 2012 harvest than they did before spring planting. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, outlines options for pastures and rangeland based on whether or not the drought ends.

Episode 536: January 4, 2013
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, looks at the potential numbers for 2013 planting acres. 2013 Nebraska crop budgets are out. There are 53 budgets for 16 different crops. Roger Wilson, UNL Extension farm management/enterprise budget analyst, dissects this year's forecast. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, outlines the big topics ahead for agriculture in 2013, such as federal fiscal issues and potential regulations. – The largest portion of Nebraska's farmers and ranchers is between the ages of 35 and 64. Dave Goeller, North Central Risk Management Education Center deputy director, explains the next stage for those operators. Dave also examines the beginning farmer tax credit. Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Agriculture director, recaps how a recent trip to China could eventually yield investments in Nebraska.

Episode 535: December 28, 2012
2012 Retrospective - Agriculture faced many critical issues this year. From the devastating drought to the work for a new Farm Bill, farmers and ranchers faced much uncertainty. This week, we look back at 2012 by taking clips from each of our 51 shows.

Episode 534: December 21, 2012
Wade Johannes, Commodity Risk Manager with Central Valley Ag, says soybean export and crush numbers are ahead of schedule. Wade also says most of Brazil is off to a great start for growing conditions but Argentina is a different story. David Kohl, Virginia Tech professor emeritus and president of AgriVisions LLC, discusses implications of the fiscal cliff, the current commodity super-cycle, and China's importance to U.S. agriculture in 2013. Mark Caspers, Nebraska Soybean Board district five director, explains why soybean meal is important to aquaculture. Mark also talks about the success of the soybean checkoff in Biodiesel and Bioheat. The 2013 Crop Production clinics will be held at nine different locations across Nebraska beginning in January. Lowell Sandell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension weed science educator, explains a few of this year's topics. Dave Aiken, UNL Extension ag and water law specialist, explains why livestock odor may be an important factor in slower livestock development across Nebraska.

Episode 533: December 14, 2012
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, thinks the recent cattle market run looks like the setup for a classic bull market rally. Mike also gives his thoughts on corn prices, the fiscal cliff deadline's affect on volatility, and consumer spending. Dennis Bauer, UNL Extension educator, says the winter months are a good time for cattle producers to develop their drought management plans. Aaron Nygren, UNL Extension educator, explains how the Nebraska Agricultural Water Management Network can help growers keep track of their moisture levels. Cow leasing may give cattle producers an option to feed cattle on non-damaged pastures. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, explains other ways cow leasing may be used, and the benefits and drawbacks of agreements. Lars Peterson, Transition Point Business Advisors, talks about the challenges in passing the family farm from generation to the next.

Episode 532: December 7, 2012
Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension ag economist, says pig producers in 2012 will likely set a record for cost of production. Going through the first half of 2013, however, Ron believes the industry will see a steady price increase. Jim Blazek, The Estate Planning Law Group of Blazek & Gregg, P.C., LLO, discusses tax rates, exemption amounts and 2013 changes to estate planning. The Nebraska Soybean Day and Machinery Expo will be held December 14th in Wahoo. Keith Glewen, UNL Extension educator, outlines the event. Mark Olinyk, Harvest Energy Solutions, explains how some farmers and ranchers use wind and solar power on their operations. Nick Mueller, Stewart Peterson senior market advisor, explains how economic concerns could affect grain markets. Nick also covers old and new crop selling strategies.

Episode 531: November 30, 2012
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., discusses selling strategies for 2012 and 2013 soybeans and corn. Roy also explains how this is a unique year for the dead cat bounce in soybeans. Consumer Reports says it tested pork chop and ground pork samples from around the U.S. and found nearly 70 percent contained a bacterium. Harshavardhan Thippareddi, UNL Extension food safety specialist, says if consumers follow common cooking practices, they should not be too worried. Greg Kruger, UNL Extension cropping systems specialist, says winter wheat is suffering due to drought conditions. Greg describes what options growers may be considering through winter. Feedlots continue to struggle with high feed prices. Jim MacDonald, UNL beef cattle nutritionist, explains how research can show carcass weight gain in feedlot cattle. Scott Houck, Nebraska Soybean Board at-large director, explains how the Nebraska Soybean Board helps in producer education and research.

Episode 530: November 23, 2012
Shane Ellis, Iowa State University Extension livestock economist, discusses beef profitability, low cattle inventory, and how the future of ethanol could affect corn prices. Greg Peters, Nebraska Soybean Board district six director, gives an update on export opportunities for U.S. soybeans. The Census of Agriculture measures farmers, ranchers, and the land they use. Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Agriculture director, explains the importance of this year's census. Catherine Bertini is the latest speaker in the Heuermann Lecture Series. Bertini is a former executive director for the United Nations World Food Programme and was named the 2003 World Food Prize Laureate. She discusses the challenge of increasing food production. Several UNL researchers recently looked at how seeding rates in dryland corn would be impacted by a lack of moisture. Jenny Rees, UNL Extension educator, talks about the study.

Episode 529: November 16, 2012
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, thinks corn, soybean and wheat prices may have passed their highs. Frayne discusses wheat issues in Australia and Ukraine and growing conditions in the U.S. Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, looks at the 2012 drought impact and tells producers what they might be able to expect for winter weather. Galen Erickson, UNL Extension beef feedlot specialist, says producers should think about their supplies of feed and forage, which may be in short stock due to drought. Galen also talks about how colder weather in the months ahead could affect cows. UNL is offering a workshop for producers interested in information about winter drought management for cow herds. Monte Stauffer, UNL Extension educator, explains what attendees can expect to learn about. Ken Green, Agra Holdings LP, discusses the state of the cattle industry after drought and if overall economic problems could spill into agriculture.

Episode 528: November 9, 2012
Jeff Peterson, president for Heartland Farm Partners, reviews the USDA November Crop Report. Jeff also talks about selling strategies for corn, soybeans and wheat. Drought has decreased the supply of corn across the country this summer, thereby increasing its price. Terry Klopfenstein, UNL professor of animal science, discusses optimizing the use of by-products in feedlot diets. In May, two Platte River basin Natural Resources Districts proposed converting irrigation from surface water to ground water in hopes of helping meet water needs of the Platte River. The Central Platte NRD and the Twin Platte NRD then commissioned a feasibility study of converting canal irrigation to underground wells. UNL Extension ag and water law specialist Dave Aiken explains portions of the report. Hot weather and little precipitation may have played a part in reducing windbreaks this summer. Dennis Adams, Nebraska Forest Service, says producers can look at renovating or building windbreaks with adapted trees for Nebraska. As we approach the end of another season, Tina Barrett, Nebraska Farm Business, Inc., explains the tax landscape and changes from last year.

Episode 527: November 2, 2012
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, says even a recent rally in cattle markets can't erase losses. Mike discusses corn price, consumer beef cost, and if producers can plan for an ethanol waiver. Allan Vyhnalek, UNL Extension educator, talks about the past, present and future for land prices in Nebraska. Elaine Kub, author of "Mastering the Grain Markets," says she is neutral on the outlook of grain markets. Elaine also discusses how a record South American soybean crop would affect the market and what would happen if U.S. farmers produced a record crop in 2013. A recent windstorm knocked over corn in central Nebraska. Some growers are raking the stalks and picking the corn up with a bean head on their combines, or simply raking and baling the rows. UNL Extension beef specialist Rick Rasby says cattle can also graze this corn with careful management. Versions of the Farm Bill in the Senate and House have differences that could impact Nebraska producers. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, outlines the variances.

Episode 526: October 26, 2012
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., sees an inverse in the soybean market that could be a bullish indicator. Roy also talks about selling corn and soybeans based on supply. How will the demand for ethanol and dried distillers grains impact corn prices over the next five to ten years? Dennis Conley, UNL ag economics professor, gives scenarios for what could become the new normal. With the first hard freeze of fall, UNL Extension forage specialist Bruce Anderson says producers should graze alfalfa with caution. The Pasture Rangeland Forage Insurance Program has changed for Nebraska. Aaron Berger, UNL Extension educator, explains coverage under the Rainfall Index. Mark Caspers, Nebraska Soybean Board district five director, describes how important soybean meal has become to the aquaculture diet.

Episode 525: October 19, 2012
Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension ag economist, discusses the hog markets. He says even though margins for the fourth quarter are bleak, prices are much better than a month ago. Market Journal visits with the new dean and director of UNL Extension, Chuck Hibberd. Dairy farmers were faced with some uncertainty after the expiration of the farm bill. Robert Tigner, UNL associate Extension educator, talks about budgets, exports and prices. Allan Vyhnalek, UNL Extension educator, explains what participants can learn from Landlord/Tenant Cash Lease workshops. Kurtis Harms reports on how the drought is contributing to the problem of unwanted horses, and what options horse owners have.

Episode 524: October 12, 2012
Wade Johannes, Commodity Risk Manager with Central Valley Ag, gives his thoughts on the latest USDA reports on Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates. Wade also talks about ethanol margins, selling strategy, and grain export numbers. Bryce Anderson, DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist, discusses this year's drought, local winter weather outlook, and growing conditions for corn and soybeans in South America. Because of drought, cattle producers may have had to change the timing of some management decisions. Richard Randle, UNL Extension beef veterinarian, outlines what producers can look at to make sure their herds are prepared for winter. Drought and a mild winter could influence disease in winter wheat. Stephen Wegulo, UNL Extension plant pathologist, shows growers what diseases could appear and how they can minimize potential damage.

Episode 523: October 5, 2012
John Meuret, J.E. Meuret Grain Company, shares his thoughts on the next USDA Crop Report, demand rationing, and basis numbers after harvest. Four former U.S. secretaries of agriculture spoke on UNL's campus as part of the Heuermann Lecture Series. We recap how John Block, Clayton Yeutter, Dan Glickman, and Mike Johanns see the current opportunities and challenges in agriculture. As harvest in Nebraska nears the second half of completion, some farmers may be thinking about sampling soil to see which nutrients are still there after months of drought. Charles Wortmann, UNL Extension soil fertility specialist, gives options for sampling this fall or next spring. John Wilson, UNL Extension educator, gives an update on how crops are faring in fields affected by last year's flooding.

Episode 522: September 28, 2012
Mike Briggs talks about buying grain during harvest, and the outlook for beef into 2013. As the current Farm Bill expires on September 30, Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, explains what happens October 1. Signed in 1862, the Morrill Act is marking 150 years in 2012. Market Journal's Emilee Dorn reports on how UNL is celebrating the milestone. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, says buying hay out of state, or even out of country, can bring unwanted pests onto your land. Lowell Sandell, UNL Extension weed science educator, says even with drought, rains can spring weeds. He explains the timetable for treating weeds and important label restrictions.

Episode 521: September 21, 2012
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, discusses the latest World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, winter wheat planting, and how unrest overseas could affect exports. The week of September 10th, Beef Products, Inc. filed a $1.2 billion lawsuit against ABC News for false and misleading defamatory statements. John Bender, UNL College of Journalism and Mass Communications, explains the lawsuit. Greg Greving, Nebraska Soybean Board, explains how a New York City heating oil mandate will improve the market for Nebraska soybean oil. In Market Journal's continuing drought coverage, UNL Extension beef specialist Rick Rasby talks about using corn residue bales in a producer's operation. Jim MacDonald, UNL Animal Science professor, describes how nitrates affect cattle. Matt Spangler, UNL Extension beef genetics specialist, talks about matching beef genetics for your specific environment.

Episode 520: September 14, 2012
Reporting from Husker Harvest Days-- Arlan Suderman, grain market analyst with Farm Progress, discusses the latest USDA crop production report. Arlan also gives his thoughts on marketing in 2013 and possible planting acres for next spring. John Otte, livestock market analyst with Farm Progress, says even a slightly bearish corn production report won't provide relief for livestock producers. Nebraska Soybean Board district seven director Ron Pavelka talks about some of the questions he's received regarding soybean checkoff dollars from other growers at Husker Harvest Days. UNL Extension beef specialist Rick Rasby describes how cows select what to graze in a field, so producers can minimize nitrate risk during fall and winter. Dr. Dee Griffin, UNL Extension feedlot veterinarian, talks about the possibility of foot rot in cattle grazing stalks this fall.

Episode 519: September 7, 2012
Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension ag economist, discusses drops in hog prices, the decreasing size of breeding herds, and the outlook for 2013. With harvest underway in Nebraska, producers can now utilize stalks as a source of forages for livestock. Terry Klopfenstein, UNL professor of animal science, says studies show a subsequent yield boost in fields that have had residue removed. Even though grasshopper populations have been lower due to the drought this year, they can still cause substantial injury to winter wheat fields. UNL Extension entomologist Bob Wright outlines a few tips for minimizing damage. Galen Erickson, UNL Extension beef feedlot specialist, talks about using silage after drought. Richard Bartek, Nebraska Soybean Board district three director, discusses how the Soy Transportation Coalition is working to ensure that U.S. and Nebraska soybeans can easily reach intended destinations.

Episode 518: August 31, 2012
Harvest is underway in Nebraska. Some farmers are noticing a black, soot-like dust as they combine corn. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, explains the reason. Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb., gives his thoughts on basis price, marketing the current crop, and the potential for a large soybean output from South America. The USDA is forecasting 2012 net farm income at $122.2 billion. That would be a 3.7% increase from a year ago. Tina Barrett, Nebraska Farm Business, Inc., talks about how drought relates to the projected income. Matt Stockton, UNL Extension agricultural economist, says farmers have had to make difficult decisions to survive the drought and more tough decisions will need to be made regarding feeding high priced grain and forages. Greg Kruger, UNL Extension cropping systems specialist, talks about research in maximizing soybean yield and increasing efficiency of pesticides. In May, the Central Platte and Twin Platte Natural Resources Districts proposed a plan to increase Platte River flows by substituting irrigation wells for irrigation water from Lake McConaughy. Dave Aiken, UNL Extension agriculture and water law specialist, discusses the plan.

Episode 517: August 24, 2012
Reporting from the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory Open House...Jim Robb, Livestock Marketing Information Center, discusses corn prices, ethanol and beef exports. Jeff Peterson, Heartland Farm Partners, outlines some options for producers who might have grain contract issues due to a short crop. UNL Extension range and forage specialist Jerry Volesky says producers can be starting to plan ahead for spring grazing. Jerry also says since the drought is forcing livestock producers to use different forages, they need to be aware of what is in them. Some cornfields across Nebraska may be at increased risk for fungal infections due to drought. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, UNL Extension plant pathologist, and Mike Carlson, UNL Vet Diagnostic Center toxicologist, says producers should scout fields for aflatoxin and be aware of dangers that come with it. Loren Giesler, UNL Extension plant pathologist, explains problematic areas popping up in fields across the state. Gregg Fujan, United Soybean Board, shares an update on a recent funding and research meeting.

Episode 516: August 17, 2012
Elaine Kub, author of "Mastering the Grain Markets," discusses corn and soybean yield expectations, contracting 2013 crop, and the ethanol market. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, talks about how to best utilize the poor corn and soybean crops, planting forage into dry soils, and next year's forage supply. UNL Extension entomologist Bob Wright says aphids haven't been extremely populous in soybean fields so far this year due to high temperatures. Wright says with cooler weather in the forecast, producers should be scouting their fields for this pest. Bill Kranz, UNL Extension irrigation specialist, says the drought gives growers a chance to see how effective irrigation systems are running. As corn and soybean fields mature, Gary Zoubek, UNL Extension educator, gives tips on accurately scheduling the final irrigation application of the season.

Episode 515: August 10, 2012
Mike Briggs joins us before the USDA releases its crop yield projections for corn and soybeans. Mike discusses corn prices, cattle supply issues, and whether the market has reached its low. Eric Trachtenberg, Director, Food and Agriculture Sector, McLarty Associates, talks about areas for growth in the Chinese market and relationships between the U.S. and China in certain commodities. With the current Farm Bill expiring at the end of September, UNL Extension public policy specialist Brad Lubben explains a recent disaster assistance proposal from the House. Brad also talks about where the Farm Bill may go when lawmakers return to session. Kurtis Harms shows viewers how they can enter for a chance to win an iPad through the new Market Journal mobile app. Mike Hechtner, Secretary/Treasurer, CoBank, talks about how lenders could be impacted by drought conditions.

Episode 514: August 3, 2012
Darin Newsom, Televent DTN Senior Analyst, talks about decreasing yields, ethanol production and July's market volatility. Vincent Amanor-Boadu, Kansas State, discusses how China's increasing population is affecting farmers in Nebraska. The theme for this year's Soybean Management Field Days is "Growing Nebraska's Future." UNL Extension educator Keith Glewen explains how growers will gain useful information from the field days held in four locations across Nebraska. The drought has impacted farmers and ranchers in Nebraska and is also affecting coops across the state. Kurtis Harms reports. Little rainfall has affected pasture conditions in Nebraska. Pastures in the eastern half of the state are suffering from the lack of moisture. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, says there are options for cattle producers including early weaning of calves.

Episode 513: July 27, 2012
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, discusses wheat production, feed uses for corn and wheat, and signs that may signal grain markets are headed downward. Art Barnaby, Kansas State Research and Extension, considers common questions from farmers regarding this year's revenue protection coverage and if insurers will be able to cover all indemnity payments. Dairy cows are expected to produce enough milk to turn a profit, even with reduced rations. Dan Rice, general manager of Prairieland Dairy, talks about how the drought is affecting the dairy industry. University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension swine specialist Duane Reese talks about alternatives producers may consider in feeding their pigs with high grain prices.Market Journal accompanied the Nebraska Department of Ag and the vice chancellor of UNL's Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources as they prepared to open a joint exchange office in Beijing, China. Kurtis Harms reports.

Episode 512: July 20, 2012
Iowa State Extension livestock economist Shane Ellis explains how the rise in grain markets will affect livestock producers and how current drought conditions impact supply. Jim Specht, UNL professor of agronomy and horticulture, said soybeans in Nebraska are close to a stage of needing water to make decent yields. Many insects are enjoying the hot, dry conditions in Nebraska. UNL Extension entomologist Bob Wright says producers should be scouting fields for these insects. UNL ag economics professor Dennis Conley explains how he believes China has become a major importer of U.S. dried distillers grains with solubles. Due to drought conditions in Nebraska, dryland corn is expected to have low yields. UNL Extension forage specialist Bruce Anderson says growers can use this corn as forage for livestock. UNL Extension plant pathologist Tamra Jackson-Ziems says southern rust has been confirmed in several Nebraska counties. Jackson-Ziems recommends producers accurately identify diseases in fields to treat effectively.

Episode 511: July 13, 2012
This week, the USDA projected an average corn yield of 146 bushels per acre and an average soybean yield of 40.5 bushels per acre. Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, looks at projections and compares this year's drought to past years.Tina Barrett from Nebraska Farm Business says producers making sales due to drought may be able to defer that income. Brazil, Russia, India and China accounted for over a quarter of the world's growth in gross domestic product from 2000 to 2010, according to Goldmann Sachs. Jason Henderson, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, explains the trade stages in those countries and how the U.S. is affected. UNL Extension plant pathologist Loren Giesler says now is a good time to look at foliar fungicide applications in soybeans. Giesler also says producers may see an added benefit after application. UNL Extension soil scientist Gary Hergert is conducting research of the growth of forages with limited irrigation. Hergert shows the differences from his test plot in Scottsbluff.

Episode 510: July 6, 2012
Ron Plain from the University of Missouri discusses consumer demand for pork, increasing input costs, and how hog prices can keep up. Most of Nebraska has been experiencing dry conditions, causing pastures and rangelands to become brown and dormant. It may also require cattle producers to take a second look at grazing options. Precipitation in North Platte is 46% of normal since April. Bob Klein, UNL Extension western Nebraska crops specialist, says even with little moisture, corn crop in the North Platte area is holding up. The lack of moisture in the western part of the state is taking a toll on dryland crops. UNL Extension dryland crops specialist Drew Lyon explains how corn, proso millet, and sunflower crops are doing in the panhandle. Karla Jenkins, UNL Extension cow/calf and range management specialist, says there are options to feed residues and biofuels to cows in confinement. There may also be possibilities for planting forages into harvested wheat stubble. Market Journal's Kurtis Harms shows where some U.S. grain arrives at a port in China.

Episode 509: June 29, 2012
Jeff Peterson, Heartland Farm Partners, talks about the USDA's reports on planted acres and grain stocks. Peterson also discusses possible crop yields, dryness impacts and European concerns. China has been a major importer of soybeans since the 1990s and became a net importer of corn in 2010. Industry leaders and experts say China's imports from the U.S. and other countries fill a need the country can't meet on its own. Producers should be monitoring corn plants watching for foliar diseases such as gray leaf spot according to UNL Extension plant pathologist, Tamra Jackson-Ziems. Senators passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 last week. UNL Extension public policy specialist Brad Lubben explains the Senate's Bill and how the House of Representatives might act on their own.

Episode 508: June 22, 2012
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, talks about seasonal highs, cattle performance and possibilities for this year's corn crop. Most crops in Nebraska are ahead of schedule, requiring more water than normal. Gary Zoubek, UNL Extension educator, says producers should not rely on the calendar to tend to crop irrigation needs. Parts of Nebraska, including the panhandle, have missed out on recent rainfalls. UNL Extension entomologist Jeff Bradshaw says grasshoppers may further affect crops by invading fields. With dry conditions and grasses in advanced growth stages, some Nebraska pastures may be nearly done producing according to UNL Extension forage specialist Bruce Anderson. This would have a major impact on grazing practices for cattle producers. Goss's Wilt is caused by bacterial pathogens that take advantage of wounds in corn leaves. UNL Extension plant pathologist Tamra Jackson-Ziems warns producers of this disease as it's emerging earlier than normal.

Episode 507: June 15, 2012
Elaine Kub, ARC Group and author of "Mastering the Grain Markets," says the dry weather conditions are starting to impact the grain markets. Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension specialist in entrepreneurship and business development, explains how and when agri-tourism developed and became a major part of the rural economy, for some towns. Steve Waller, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at UNL, says groups including the University and its graduates, communities and industries, need to work together to enhance and maintain rural communities. Conservation programs may sometimes be overlooked with the 2012 Farm Bill debate still taking place in Washington. UNL Extension public policy specialist Brad Lubben explains the background, format, and outlook of conservation programs. Biodiesel cannot only be used to fuel vehicles, but can also be used to heat homes in the form of bioheat. Terry Horky, a producer from Sargent and a director with the Nebraska Soybean Board, says the use of biodiesel in New York is beneficial for Nebraska producers. Weeds have become a problem in many Nebraska fields, due to resistance. UNL weed science educator Lowell Sandell says UNL is hosting a field day event to help producers better manage weeds in fields.

Episode 506: June 8, 2012
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, discusses the wheat harvest outlook, global supply, and current market trends. For the past two years, net farm income has reached record highs. Nebraska Farm Business, Inc. Executive Director Tina Barrett says this year shows yet another milestone. Range and pasture lands in Nebraska are often overrun with weeds in late spring and summer. University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension range and forage specialist Jerry Volesky says there are several poisonous weed species in Nebraska. Producers can learn about advances in DNA technology at the 4th annual DNA Technology Conference on June 27th at the Meat Animal Research Center near Clay Center. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension beef genetics specialist Matt Spangler talked with us about how DNA technology has progressed and why it's important to the beef industry. The state of Nebraska must provide water to meet requirements regarding endangered species. University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension ag and water law specialist Dave Aiken says a Platte River water plan may change irrigation practices for farmers in two Nebraska natural resource districts.

Episode 505: June 1, 2012
Wade Johannes, Commodity Risk Manager with Central Valley Ag, gives his analysis of current ethanol margins, market issues in Europe, the world's soybean supply, and selling windows for corn and soybeans. Most of Nebraska is experiencing dry conditions, but UNL Extension educator Aaron Berger says the panhandle is critically dryer than normal. Marestail has become a problem for some Nebraska producers. UNL Extension weed science educator Lowell Sandell says it's difficult to completely kill marestail in fields post emergence. Farmers may be seeing diseases in soybean fields after recent rains across Nebraska. UNL Extension plant pathologist Loren Giesler recommends farmers document problems to help manage fields. Agreements concerning agricultural land, product sales and loans must be written to stand in court. University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension ag law specialist Dave Aiken recommends using written agreements to manage risk of the other party backing out. All crops need water to grow, but all crops need a different amount. Jenny Rees, UNL Extension educator, explains what new research shows about dryland corn, soybeans and sorghum water use efficiency.

Episode 504: May 25, 2012
Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension ag economist, says the expectations of a large corn crop may give some relief to hog farmers paying high input prices. As Washington continues to discuss the 2012 Farm Bill, UNL Extension public policy specialist Brad Lubben reminds farmers about an important decision that needs to be made by the end of the month. Dave Boxler, UNL Extension educator, gives tips on scouting and treating for flies which can cause a major economic threat for cattle producers if left untreated. Nutrient and energy content of grass hay decrease as the grass grows. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, recommends farmers plan grass hay cuttings based on what animals will be fed with the hay. Seventy-eight percent of the corn planted in Nebraska has emerged. Farmers may consider applying nitrogen as plants continue to emerge. Charles Shapiro, UNL Extension soil scientist, talks about how farmers can sample soils and apply nitrogen based off those results.

Episode 503: May 18, 2012
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. Transglutaminase and Fibrin are natural binding agents used in meat products. But some media reports have questioned other use. Market Journal's Kurtis Harms talks with Dennis Burson, UNL Extension meats specialist. 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. 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 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. Concerns of drought continue throughout Nebraska. Al Dutcher, UNL Extension statewide climatologist, gives an update on drought conditions.

Episode 502: May 11, 2012
Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant from Plattsmouth, Neb. discusses problems in Europe and seasonal trends for soybeans. The Center for Food Integrity created a panel to review and comment on videos of alleged animal abuse like the video released by HSUS this week. Dr. Candace Croney, Associate Professor of Animal Behavior and Well-Being, Purdue University, is a member on the panel and discusses their latest report. The University of Nebraska held a conference in Lincoln this week designed to bring together stakeholders interested in the future of rural America. University of Nebraska vice president and IANR Harlan Vice Chancellor Ronnie Green discusses the importance of this conference and what role agriculture plays in planning for the future. UNL Extension beef feedlot specialist Galen Erickson discusses research that could lower the costs for feeders that has been done at the ARDC in Mead. The Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at UNL is designed to provide students with scholarships and program support for student courses, internship placement assistance and more. Tom Field discusses his new role as the chair of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program and experience for students in the program.

Episode 501: May 4, 2012
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, discusses export volatility, the annual wheat tour, and wheat planting progress to the north. The CME Group announced on Tuesday it would expand grain futures trading to 22-hour sessions. Jeff Peterson, president with Heartland Farm Partners in Lincoln, explains what this may mean for farmers. UNL Extension educators are reporting calls from producers concerned about army cutworm moths affecting corn. UNL Extension entomologist Bob Wright talks about the unusually high number of moths and if they will affect planted corn. Stephen Wegulo, UNL Extension plant pathologist, says more disease problems are cropping up in wheat and producers need to be scouting fields. Jeff Bradshaw, UNL Extension entomologist, says dry conditions in western Nebraska set up perfect conditions for aphids in wheat. LEAD Class 32 is now accepting applications. Market Journal's Kurtis Harms reports on the program's background and the details for the new class.

Episode 500: April 27, 2012
On Monday, the USDA reported Nebraska farmers had planted 14% of this year's corn crop. John Meuret, J.E. Meuret Grain Company, discusses acres for corn and soybeans, high prices, and basis in northeast Nebraska. Brad Lubben, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension public policy specialist, talks about 2012 Farm Bill discussions in Washington.Tom Hunt, UNL Extension Entomologist, is using a research soybean field in northeast Nebraska to attract bean leaf beetle. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension cow-calf specialist, says producers should think about supplemental feeding options and be mindful of high input prices. Ed Lammers, a farmer from Hartington and the Nebraska Soybean Board district one director, talks about animal agriculture in Nebraska.

Episode 499: April 20, 2012
The USDA crops progress report shows 17% of corn in the U.S. has been planted. Elaine Kub, ARC Group, talks about her earlier acre predictions, a strengthening basis, and the ethanol industry. While heavy rainfall was welcomed last weekend, it was also damaging to bare soils. Paul Jasa, UNL Extension engineer, says the rapid rain eroded soils in some parts of the state. This past week brought cool temperatures and severe weather to Nebraska, which may have damaged alfalfa. Bruce Anderson, UNL Extension forage specialist, gives options for fields affected by cold or hail. Jeff Bradshaw, UNL Extension entomologist in Scottsbluff, says western Nebraska may see an increase in grasshopper damage due to dry weather. Lisa Lunz with the Nebraska Soybean Board says it's important for producers to let consumers know where their food comes from, how it's produced, and why it's produced certain ways.

Episode 498: April 13, 2012
The cattle markets might not be as favorable going into late spring and early summer as some had thought a few months ago. Mike Briggs says economic factors have changed the cattle market outlook. Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director Greg Ibach and representatives from Nebraska's pork, beef and wheat industries recently returned from South Korea, where a free trade agreement began on March 15th. Ibach said South Korea was Nebraska's fifth largest trade partner in 2011 and should grow in 2012. Students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources volunteered to teach students on UNL's city campus about agriculture on Tuesday. March and early April have given Nebraska warm temperatures and little precipitation. Jerry Volesky, UNL Extension range and forage specialist, says there is no need to panic, but farmers and ranchers do need to plan for any level of drought this season. Yields will decrease if corn doesn't receive enough moisture during crucial growing periods. Drew Lyon, UNL Extension dryland crops specialist, says a technique called skip-row planting may help to maximize soil moisture. It may seem dry in Nebraska, but reservoirs are full. Dean Yonts, UNL Extension irrigation engineer, says although reservoirs are at capacity, farmers should still look at conservation in case of extended periods with no precipitation.

Episode 497: April 6, 2012
The USDA reported hog and pig inventory was up by two percent from last March in the latest quarterly report. University of Missouri Extension ag economist Ron Plain explains the low growth percentage. National gasoline averages reached $3.94 per gallon this week. Dennis Conley, UNL ag economics professor, says drivers should prepare for higher prices. Although Nebraska has restrictions on foreign land ownership, about one one-hundredth of a percent of land in the state is foreign owned. David Aiken, UNL Extension ag law specialist, says there are exceptions to this rule. Because of unseasonably warm temperatures in winter and spring, Nebraska's wheat crop is about two weeks ahead of normal. Stephen Wegulo, UNL Extension plant pathologist, recommends that wheat farmers start scouting fields for disease early. While on a trip to the Pacific coast with Nebraska soybean growers, Market Journal saw one of the largest Biodiesel production facilities in the nation: Imperium Renewables.

Episode 496: March 30, 2012
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, takes a look at quarterly grain stocks and planting intentions released by the USDA for corn, soybean and markets. Lean finely textured beef, or "pink slime," has been in the spotlight recently after a former USDA scientist said the product shouldn't be used. Dennis Burson, a UNL Extension meat specialist, explains why consumers fear a product approved by the USDA. Extension weed science educator Lowell Sandell talks about controlling weeds for the growing season. District seven director of the Nebraska Soybean Board Ron Pavelka, from Glenvil, recently traveled with the U.S. Meat Export Federation on a tour in South Korea and China. Drew Lyon, UNL Extension dryland crops specialist, says warm temperatures could negatively affect wheat in Nebraska. Market Journal is now available as a mobile app for iPads and smartphones.

Episode 495: March 23, 2012
This week Market Journal reports from the Pacific coast to cover international agricultural trade. In the state of Washington, both the Port of Tacoma and the Port of Grays Harbor regularly ship agricultural commodities abroad. Market Journal's Jeff Wilkerson reports on a recent "See For Yourself" tour sponsored by the Nebraska Soybean Board. Gary Nelson, executive director of the Port of Grays Harbor, says more than one million metric tons of agricultural products were exported in 2010. Port of Grays Harbor leads the nation in soybean meal exports. Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant, Plattsmouth, Nebraska, says the recent run in corn and soybean markets isn't unusual based on historical trends. Charles Wortmann, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension soil fertility specialist, says seeds run the risk sitting in the soil without germinating for a long time if planted too early.

Episode 494: March 16, 2012
Elaine Kub from the ARC Group, says farmers could see record high basis levels for corn this year.Bruce Anderson UNL Extension forage specialist, says there is a chance Nebraska could see a drought this year, affecting pastures and rangeland. Matt Spangler, UNL Extension beef genetics specialist, says farmers and ranchers need to consider the traits that are economically relevant to their operations when selecting their next bull. Kim Stackhouse-Lawson from the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State, says there has been progress made regarding animal welfare in the United States. The beef checkoff, aides in beef promotion, research and education. Market Journal's Kurtis Harms examines Nebraska's beef checkoff with Lisa Brass with the Nebraska Beef Council. There is a rapid increase in the number of vehicles that can run on 85% ethanol blended fuel. Market Journal's Emilee Dorn reports on a campaign focused on increasing awareness for these flex fuel vehicles.

Episode 493: March 9, 2012
Mike Briggs, Seward, Nebraska producer, discusses corn prices, packer margins and how rising gas prices will affect consumer consumption. Dave Aiken, UNL Extension ag law specialist, compares a new Iowa farm protection law to current laws in Nebraska. Caroline Brauer with the Nebraska Wheat Growers Association explains how two bills before the Nebraska legislature aimed to change the state's corn and wheat checkoff programs could affect wheat farmers. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, outlines new incentives for the Conservation Reserve Program.Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, has tips to help ease the spring calving process.

Episode 492: March 2, 2012
Darin Newsom, DTN Senior Analyst, talks about the demand market for grains – and if it will end – in 2012. Tom Landmesser from Big Iron talks about online auctions and how these can help farmers and ranchers sell land, animals and equipment. UNL Extension soil scientist Charles Shapiro discusses how to manage nitrogen losses in corn. Allen Kronebusch, AKE Safety Equipment, describes the need for the appropriate type of fire extinguisher. Since 1988, Nebraska farmers and ranchers have had access to grant dollars to aid in sustainable ag practices. This money, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a part of the SARE program. Mike Thede, United Soybean Board, talks about recent discussions on sustainability at USB meetings.

Episode 491: February 24, 2012
North Dakota State Extension economist Frayne Olson discusses the USDA's Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade and the latest in wheat markets.The deadline for corn and soybean farmers to submit their crop insurance plans is March 15. Rob Heyen, Crop Insurance Solutions, outlines options for this year's coverage. Grady Bishop, U.S. Director of Swine Operations at Elanco Animal Health, talks about the state of global agriculture as it relates to producers in Nebraska. The National Pork Industry forum in March will address advisements brought by pork producing states. Jan Miller, National Pork Board, discusses three advisements from this year's upcoming forum. Veterinarian Alan Snodgrass explains how the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus affects pigs, and what producers can do to minimize risk or treat its effects.

Episode 490: February 17, 2012
Shane Ellis, Iowa State Extension livestock economist discusses cattle markets as supply is down and exports are up with consumption on the rise.Terry Mader, UNL Extension beef specialist, discusses how UNL researchers are working to minimize environmental threats due to cattle production. Bob Klein, UNL Extension western Nebraska crops specialist, says now is the time for producers to control weeds in winter wheat. Is agriculture providing consumers with what they want? Candace Croney, associate professor in animal behavior and well-being at Purdue University, answers this question. UNL Extension beef specialist Galen Erickson is working to help cattle transition from forage based to grain diets after being moved to a feedlot. Jerry Volesky, UNL Extension range and forage specialist, says some producers have saved hay by not having to feed cattle through major winter storms. But, will the drought in Texas impact Nebraska cattle operations?

Episode 489: February 10, 2012
Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension ag economist, says input prices and break-even levels create uncertainty within the hog markets. UNL Extension statewide climatologist, Al Dutcher, explains how beneficial recent snowfall was to parts of Nebraska. UNL Extension beef specialist, Rick Funston, reports on a feed intake and efficiency system in cattle. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, details the 7th annual Ag Outlook Conference Series. Cattle. Jim Robb, director of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, discusses possible hurdles cattle producers can expect in the near future. Andy Chvatal from the Nebraska Soybean Board shows how soybeans are used in everyday household products. From the 2012 Nebraska Builders Home & Garden Show.

Episode 488: February 3, 2012
Wade Johannes, a commodity risk manager for Pro Edge Marketing at Central Valley Ag, analyzes corn and soybean markets. Greg Anderson, an ex-officio member of the Nebraska Soybean Board, says Biodiesel will continue to help soybean farmers in Nebraska. Tom Dorn, UNL Extension educator, warns producers that stored grains may be affected by warm winter temperatures. Renovated buildings on the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture campus are bringing new opportunities to the students on campus.UNL Extension beef specialist Rick Funston explains a new system for measuring feed intake in cattle electronically monitors individual consumption. Duane Reese, UNL Extension swine specialist, explains how and why producers should become PQA and TQA certified.

Episode 487: January 27, 2012
Frayne Olson, North Dakota State University Extension economist, says producers in the Midwest may have some concerns regarding drought in the near future. With a lack of precipitation so far this winter, Al Dutcher, UNL Extension statewide climatologist, Gary Zoubek, UNL Extension educator, and Bob Klein, UNL Extension cropping systems specialist, are concerned about dryness in Nebraska due to another La Nina year. Aaron Stalker, UNL Extension beef specialist, says there are some things to watch out for when using less expensive forage options. Crop and livestock production are equally important and rely on each other to help feed the world according to Ron Pavelka, Nebraska Soybean Board District seven director. Market Journal's Kurtis Harms reports on new wind tunnels located at UNL's West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte. Al Dutcher, University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension statewide climatologist, says temperatures will be higher than normal, with lower than average precipitation.

Episode 486: January 20, 2012
Mike Briggs, Seward, Neb. feedlot manager, says livestock producers in Nebraska may see a change in cattle markets due to packer margins and grain prices. The University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension has released the 2012 Crop Budgets. Market Journal's Kurtis Harms reports the budgets are expected to be higher than last year. Stewart Brand was the latest speaker in UNL's IANR Heuermann Lecture Series. Brand is the founder of the Whole Earth Catalogue and now works with the Long Now foundation and the Global Business Network. University of Nebraska – Lincoln Extension beef specialist Rick Rasby suggests spending time in the field observing body conditions to monitor nutrition before calving.

Episode 485: January 13, 2012
Consumers may see less pork on shelves despite a rise in hog numbers. This week, Ron Plain, University of Missouri – Columbia Extension economist, gives his analysis of the hog markets for the coming months. Recently released reports by the USDA are discussed with Dean Groskurth, director of the Nebraska division of the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service. Brad Lubben, UNL Extension public policy specialist, says planning of the 2012 Farm Bill will start over in 2012 after super committee rejections late last year. Rick Rasby, UNL Extension beef specialist, discusses checking the nutritional quality of forages on cow/calf operations. Leslie Johnson, project coordinator for the manure management team at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension, advises farmers to obtain a livestock waste control facility permit.

Episode 484: January 6, 2012
Weather concerns in South America are impacting grain markets; but for how much longer? Roy Smith, farmer and grain marketing consultant, discusses selling options, his 20-year chart studies and the "Dead Cat Bounce." Terry Mader, UNL Extension beef specialist, says fluctuating temperatures may be affecting cattle, even though signs of stress may be difficult to detect. Terry Hejny, Nebraska LEAD Program director, says the program is now accepting applications for Lead Group 32. UNL Extension ag law specialist Dave Aiken about benefits and drawbacks to both written leases and handshake deals for landlords and tenants. Record high commodity prices in 2011 make preparing for the 2012 tax season different than usual. Tina Barrett from Nebraska Farm Business, Inc. gives resolutions for the 2012 season. Harlan Vice Chancellor of the IANR Ronnie Green outlines the next lecture in the Heuermann Lecture series given by author Stewart Brand.

Episode 483: December 30, 2011
The USDA is forecasting net farm income at $100.9 billion this year. A 28% increase from 2010. When we talked with Director Greg Ibach, we asked why agriculture has been so profitable this year across the country, and here in Nebraska. Ronnie Green is the University of Nebraska Vice President and Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. We discussed increasing enrollment at UNL, research opportunities and feeding a growing world population. The state of Nebraska was recently named the second best run state in America by financial news and opinion site 24/7 Wall Street. The rankings are based on data on financial health, standard of living, and government services. When we talked with Governor Dave Heineman, we covered farm bill discussions, HSUS, and Nebraska trade missions.

Episode 482: December 23, 2011
Mike Briggs, feedlot owner, Seward, Nebraska, discusses the current outlook of retail beef, improving packer margins, and the latest cattle-on-feed report. Greg Greving, chairman of the Nebraska Soybean Board, discusses projects funded by soybean checkoff dollars. These funds often go to research and outreach efforts to benefit soybean production. Matt Stockton, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension economist, says it's important for livestock producers to understand what kinds of animals they're working with, and how these animals fit into their livestock systems. Charles Wortmann, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension soil fertility specialist, discusses his research, which involves enhancing soybean yields. Wortmann says early planting helps promote higher soybean yields. Kim Essex, US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, says Americans are many generations removed from the farm, which often creates a disconnect between agricultural producers and consumers. This disconnect can often lead to inaccurate perceptions of agriculture. Greg Ibach, director of the Nebraska Department of Ag, discusses the proposed changes to child labor laws.

Episode 481: December 16, 2011
The latest USDA Wheat Outlook report was released at the beginning of this week. Frayne Olson, North Dakota State University Extension Ag Economist discusses the implications of this new report on global wheat markets and exports. Biodiesel is an alternative fuel favored for its clean burning qualities. It's produced from vegetable oils and animal fats. That can then be blended with heating oil to make bioheat. Jeff Wilkerson reports on the growing demand of both biodiesel and bioheat in New York City. This year, the largest amount of water flowed through the Missouri River Basin since 1898 resulting in flooding problems. Bob Kerrey, former Nebraska Governor and U.S. Senator, says flooding policies may need to be revisited to better serve Nebraskans in times of flood disasters. Biodiesel and bioheat help New York City with green initiatives while also helping soybean farmers and livestock producers. Kurtis Harms reports on how Nebraska can further benefit from these clean burning fuels.

Episode 480: December 9, 2011
Elaine Kub from the ARC Group stops by the set to talk about the latest export sales report, the expiration of blenders credits, and grain prices in 2012. In the latest USDA crops report, Nebraska's winter wheat was rated 74 percent good-to-excellent, well above the 45 percent good-to-excellent at the same time last year. Drew Lyon, U-N-L Extension Dryland Crops Specialist in Scottsbluff, says the difference is noticeable. Cameras are becoming more popular among farmers and ranchers who navigate large equipment and need an extra eye. Market Journal's Kurtis Harms reports. Grain prices are high, but so are input prices. Landlords and tenants both want the best deal possible, but arriving on a set price for cash leasing isn't an exact science. UNL Extension Educator Allan Vyhnalek describes options for both sides. It's been a tense week in global markets as European leaders meet in Brussels in hopes of finding some solution to their economic issues. Nick Mueller, Senior Market Advisor with Stewart Peterson, talks about marketing strategies around it. UNL's 13th annual Beef Short Course series will kick off in mid-December, with the first session taking place on the 15th. UNL Extension Beef Specialist Rick Rasby says this first session will address where our beef industry is headed based on recent conditions.