The Context Network started nearly 20 years ago doing multi-client reports for the seed and crop protection industries.  Senior Associate Kip Pendleton says the network has evolved into a global consulting company with offices based in Des Moines and St. Louis but also around the world. The Network recently published a report on the future... Read more »

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A bill allowing meatpackers to own hogs and contract with Nebraska producers has received first round approval in the Nebraska Unicameral. During floor debate Tuesday, Senator Ken Schilz of Ogallala said Nebraska’s law prohibiting meat packers from owning hogs has stymied the growth of the state’s pork industry. “Nearly every state that surrounds us is seeing... Read more »

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Corn and soybean development in Nebraska has been slowed by cool weather. Corn emergence, at 73 percent, is still running slightly ahead of average. The first corn condition rating of the season puts the crop at 61 percent good to excellent and 32 percent fair. Soybean planting is at 59 percent, behind the 73 average.... Read more »

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Wet conditions continued to delay planting in parts of Iowa last week, especially southwest Iowa where about 20 percent of the corn crop remains to be planted. Corn emergence reached 81 percent, four days ahead of normal.  The first corn condition rating of the season was 79 percent good to excellent. Some farmers are evaluating... Read more »

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After a lull in reported cases of avian influenza striking commercial turkey farms in Minnesota, six new presumptive positive tests were confirmed by the state Board of Animal Health Tuesday. Three more cases in Kandiyohi County bring the total there to 36.  Renville reported its third and fourth detections.  And a first detection in Brown... Read more »

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