Blogs

  • Editors' Notebook

    Mark your calendar and register soon for our virtual DTN Ag Summit. DTN subscribers attend free. (DTN image by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    The 2022 DTN Ag Summit is all virtual, so there's no reason to miss out on the industry's premier farm-focused business conference.

  • Canada Markets

    The blue bars represent Canada's weekly volume of durum exported, while the red line is the volume needed each week to reach the current AAFC forecast, measured against the primary vertical axis. The green line represents the steady cumulative volume shipped and the black line is the steady pace needed to reach the current government forecast, measured against the secondary vertical axis. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Canada's week 16 durum exports is the largest seen this crop year with cumulative exports only slightly below the five-year average for this period. Statistics Canada's final production estimates, to be released on Dec. 2, will be watched closely.

  • Production Blog

    What characteristics define a high-quality soybean? Certainly, color plays a role in distinguishing wild soy (Glycine soja), left, from a domesticated, commercial soybean variety (Glycine max). (DTN photo by Jason Jenkins)
    Posted by Jason Jenkins , DTN Crops Editor

    An increasing number of soybeans have failed to certify as U.S. No. 1 Yellow Soybean the past two years, but is that enough reason to justify changing the standards? Not if the U.S. wants to lose its soybean identity.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Cold air from the Arctic is forecast to return to most of Canada next week. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    After a week of above-normal temperatures, a return to a cold winter feel comes to end November and start December.

  • South America Calling

    Rainfall has been well-below normal for most of South America's primary growing regions during the last 30 days, despite recent rainfall. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Rainfall through the first two-thirds of November has been well-below normal for most of South America's primary growing regions.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Chart by Joel Karlin, DTN Contributing Analyst
    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    New crop November soybean/December corn ratio the day before Thanksgiving vs. the change in both corn and soybean acreage from the final planted figure the prior year to the following March planting intentions figure

  • Ethanol Blog

    Agriculture and energy groups have called on Congressional leaders to pass legislation to secure year-round E15 sales. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    With Congress just weeks away from the end of the lame-duck session, several agriculture, biofuels and petroleum interest groups ask leaders of the House and Senate to pass legislation to restore permanent year-round E15 sales.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    The four largest packers have increased their market share for fed cattle over the past four decades while reducing their reliance on negotiated cash cattle trade over the past two decades. USDA has spent multiple presidential administrations writing and rewriting rules under the Packers & Stockyards Act as well. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)

    Comments were originally expected to be due Dec. 2, but USDA added 45 days for comment through Jan. 17, 2023. The proposed rule, dubbed "Inclusive Competition and Market Integrity," would prohibit certain "prejudices against market-vulnerable individuals" that tend to be...

  • Sort & Cull

    It's worth noting that last week's cash market scored another new marketing high for the year, and the highest since 2015, with the nation's weighted average printing at $153.04. (Photo by Mandi Cottrell)

    On Friday, the tide finally turned as total cattle on feed numbers were lighter than a year ago, and during the year's biggest placement month there were 6% fewer feeders placed in October 2022 than a year ago, which is consequently also the smallest number placed during the...

  • Market Matters Blog

    In preparation for the possibility of a rail strike, railroads will likely start to embargo shipments of hazardous materials as they did ahead of the concern of a Sept. 15 strike, which did not take place. (DTN photo Mary Kennedy)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    Twelve rail unions have completed voting on the tentative national rail agreement with four unions voting no.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Be thankful for the organizations that send this stuff even if they clog your mailbox. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Americans don't wait for the government to do everything. We roll up our sleeves and do some of it ourselves. Be thankful for that.

  • Technically Speaking

    March Minneapolis wheat prices have held sideways since July, even as noncommercial long holdings fell to their lowest in over six years -- a good sign of technical support (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at the March contracts of the top three U.S. wheats.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Learn strategies to help conquer the chaos at our all-virtual DTN Ag Summit on Dec. 12-13. (DTN image by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Gregg Hillyer , Progressive Farmer Editor-in-Chief

    Virtual conference will provide insights on important ag topics, from carbon programs and farm legislation to supply chain challenges and commodity market analysis.

  • MachineryLink

    Deere's new strip-till series gives operators the ability to combine nutrient applications and tillage into a single pass. (DTN photo by Dan Miller)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Deere is announcing Monday a new strip-till series giving operators the ability to perform tillage and apply nutrients in a single pass. Deere is also announcing updates to its 7R series tractors and a new TruSet Active height-sensing feature for select field cultivators, vertical...