Market Journal – May 1, 2015

Japan Preview – For Nebraska producers, agricultural exports to Japan are valued at hundreds of millions of dollars each year. On future episodes of Market Journal, we will show why Japan is critical to agriculture in the U.S. and Nebraska.

Cattle Market Analysis – Mike Briggs, feedlot manager from Seward, Nebraska, analyzes the bullish and bearish arguments regarding cattle markets. Mike also explains why he believes beef demand could soon increase. Grain Market Analysis – Elaine Kub, author of "Mastering the Grain Markets," summarizes planting progress across the U.S. Elaine also discusses corn and soybean price movement and explains why drought in South Dakota and Minnesota is important to overall production.

Stripe Rust Confirmed – Stephen Wegulo, Nebraska Extension plant pathologist, says stripe rust has been found in Nebraska. Stephen describes what farmers should be looking for when scouting fields and discusses management options for the disease. Information on fungicide efficacies can be found on the CropWatch website.

Making Hay from Small Grains – Bruce Anderson, Nebraska Extension forage specialist, talks about making hay from small grains. Bruce explains why maturity is important to determining nutrition and tonnage.

Weather Outlook – Stonie Cooper, High Plains Regional Climate Center, gives a weather outlook for the coming week.

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