Market Journal – April 3, 2015

Grain Market Analysis – The USDA Tuesday released its estimates on grain stocks and prospective plantings. Frayne Olson, North Dakota State Extension economist, analyzes the numbers. Frayne also gives his thoughts on possible movement in corn and soybean markets.

Winter Wheat Damage – Bob Klein, Nebraska Extension western Nebraska crops specialist, says winter wheat damage in southwest Nebraska is the worst he has ever seen in such a widespread area. Bob explains why the wheat incurred injury and describes how farmers should proceed with either abandoning the crop or letting it grow. The CropWatch website has more information on estimating yield potential in damaged fields.

H5N2 Avian Flu – Several states have at least one confirmed case of the H5N2 avian flu. Sheila Purdum, Nebraska Extension poultry specialist, explains what the H5N2 avian flu is, how it affects birds and how producers can implement biosecurity precautions on their operations. A submission form to the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center can be found here.

Hog Market Analysis – Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, analyzes the USDA's Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report. Ron also says lower market prices are putting pressure on pork producers' margins.

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

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