Market Journal – May 15, 2015

Avian Influenza in Nebraska – Two chicken flocks in Dixon County have been confirmed as Nebraska's first avian influenza cases. The virus strains have affected more than 33 million birds across the U.S.

Market Analysis – The USDA's May Crop Report projects U.S. farmers will harvest 13.6 billion bushels of corn and 3.85 billion bushels of soybeans in 2015. John Meuret, J.E. Meuret Grain Company, analyzes the agency's latest set of estimates. John also talks about targets for selling cash corn and discusses how the avian flu could impact local demand.

Corn Disease Outlook – Nebraska farmers have planted more than three-fourths of this year's corn crop. Tamra Jackson-Ziems, Nebraska Extension plant pathologist, says field conditions vary widely across the state but growers should be watching for seedling diseases. Information on submitting samples to UNL's Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic can be found here.

Lagoon and Pond Management – Above-normal precipitation has caused some holding ponds and lagoons to be near capacity. Amy Millmier Schmidt, Nebraska Extension livestock bioenvironmental engineer, explains what producers should do to prevent potential runoff in the future.

Scouting for Insects – With 30 percent of Nebraska's corn crop emerged, Bob Wright, Nebraska Extension entomologist, says growers can begin scouting their fields for insect damage.

Japan's Grain Imports – Japan has been the top buyer of U.S. corn for many years. It also imports significant quantities of wheat and soybeans. We explain how consumers in Japan use those products.

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

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