Market Journal – May 22, 2015

Hog Market Analysis – Ron Plain, University of Missouri Extension economist, analyzes how the recent rally in hog prices is lifting profit margins for producers. Ron also talks about the weakness in export demand and the cost of pork for the consumer.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership – The United States is Japan's largest supplier of agricultural products. However, future exports could be affected by both a demographic shift within Japan and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multi-nation trade agreement. We report on how those factors might impact Nebraska's agricultural shipments. More of Market Journal's coverage from Japan can be found here.

Grazing Wet Pastures – Several areas of Nebraska have experienced heavy and above-average rainfall events. Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension forage specialist, says farmers and ranchers might need to utilize special techniques to limit damage on grasses.

Soybean Seedling Diseases – Loren Giesler, Nebraska Extension plant pathologist, discusses soybean seedling diseases that could be appearing in Nebraska fields. Loren also talks about the use of seed treatments in planting scenarios.

LEAD 35 Applications – The Nebraska LEAD Program is currently accepting applications for LEAD 35. The deadline for submission is June 15, 2015. Terry Hejny, Nebraska LEAD Program director, explains what applicants should be hoping to get out of the program.

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

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