Market Journal Looks at Western Nebraska Winter Wheat, Army Cutworms - UNL CropWatch 2013

Market Journal Looks at Western Nebraska Winter Wheat, Army Cutworms - UNL CropWatch 2013

April 5, 2013

The latest National Agricultural Statistics Service report classified 49% of Nebraska’s winter wheat as poor or very poor. On this week's Market Journal two guests discuss current condition and threats to the wheat in western Nebraska. Greg Kruger, UNL Extension cropping systems specialist at North Platte, discusses winter wheat condition and the lack of subsoil moisture there as well as the contrast with this time last year. Jeff Bradshaw, UNL Extension entomologist at Scottsbluff, discusses winter wheat condition and how to manage army cutworm feeding.

Also on this week's Market Journal with host Jeff Wilkerson:

  • Pre-season Irrigation – With 94% of Nebraska categorized in either extreme or exceptional drought, most crop growers will begin the 2013 planting season with moisture deficits. Derrel Martin, UNL Extension water and irrigation resources specialist, explains why they should resist the urge to irrigate before planting.
  • Aphid-Resistant Soybean Research – Tom Hunt, UNL Extension entomologist, reviews his work researching a soybean aphid-resistant soybean variety.
  • Weather Forecast – Al Dutcher, UNL Extension state climatologist, gives his forecast for the coming week.
  • Cattle Markets – Mike Briggs, Seward feedlot manager, says recent USDA reports were a nice surprise, as they helped lower corn prices. Mike also discusses the recent cattle market rally and how short supply may impact demand.

Next Week

North Dakota State University Extension Economist Frayne Olson will analyze the wheat market, UNL Ag Economist Brad Lubben will compare enrollment in ACRE and direct and counter-cyclical farm programs, and UNL Beef Specialist Rick Rasby will share an update on the calving season.

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