Blogs

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Temperatures will be variable in the next six to 10 days, with conditions milder out ahead of systems, cooler behind them. It will be cool north and warm south. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Rainfall during the next six to 10 days is expected to average near to above normal over western areas, and near to below normal in the east.

  • Canada Markets

    This chart shows the weekly licensed exports of Canadian soybeans, starting at week 6 of the Canadian Grain Commission's shipping weeks to roughly convey the September-through-August crop year for row crops. The volume shipped in the first 11 days of August (week 1) is the highest weekly volume shipped in 2019. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Canada's weekly shipments of soybeans have increased in five of the past six weeks. At 164,000 metric tons, exports for week 1, or the week ending Aug. 11, are the largest weekly volume shipped in the 2019 calendar year.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Foreign policy experts agree the U.S. should get tough with China. They disagree on how tough.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The Dredge Goetz works on the Mississippi River earlier this year. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District is running out of funds to keep the Dredge Goetz running full time in order to keep river transportation safe for barge traffic. (Photo by Brian Krause, courtesy of the Mississippi Valley USACE)

    Flooding in 2019 has been cruel to the Mississippi River and has already cost the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers more money than usual for cleanup at locks and dams cluttered by flooding. Now, they are running out of money for dredging.

  • Technically Speaking

    The persistent downtrend in the Bloomberg Commodity Index remains intact with a fresh round of lows posted during the week of Aug. 12. The declining trend channel shown above is likely to produce additional losses in the days and weeks ahead. (DTN Prophetx chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the grain markets.

  • Production Blog

    These ears all came from the same Illinois field and were lined up next to each other, showing the extreme variability in ear size and some of the pollination issues showing up in the corn crop this year. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    This year heading to the field to pull yield samples confirms there's a lot of variability hiding in this year's crop.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Using a simple regression of end of July U.S. crop ratings and the percent that the national yield deviated from the 30-year trend comes up with a figure close to the USDA number of 169.5 bushels per acre.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Hispanic workers at a dairy in upstate New York. A poll by the University of Nebraska shows rural residents largely agreed undocumented workers should be deported, but they also agreed undocumented workers should have a chance to apply for citizenship. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    A University of Nebraska poll captures some of the division and nuances in rural America about how immigrants are viewed and the policies for dealing with immigration.

  • Ethanol Blog

    A legal challenge to the E15 rule targets a provision in the rule that ethanol and agriculture interests say could harm the future of higher ethanol blends. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

    Agriculture and ethanol interests are concerned a provision in the new E15 rule could make it difficult for the future of higher ethanol blends.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    While the culture, history and personalities in every family business are unique, three common practices are the keys to success. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Russell A. Graves)
    Posted by Lance Woodbury , DTN Farm Business Adviser

    Effective transitions require more than planning.

  • South America Calling

    As the American Farm Bureau Federation was highlighting the decline in agricultural exports to China on Monday and reports came from China that it was halting private companies from buying U.S. ag products, the chairman of China's largest grain and oilseed trader announced his company will invest more heavily in Brazil. (American Farm Bureau Federation graphic)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    As U.S. farmers hear more troubling news about trade disputes with China, the largest Chinese grain and oilseed company, COFCO, plans to buy more Brazilian soybeans over the next five years and help finance Brazilian farmers to expand production on more than 60 million...

  • Editors' Notebook

    Ranch manager Justin Williams from Jones Beefmasters purebred cattle operation in Savannah, Tennessee, with some of the Beefmaster cattle herd. (DTN photo by Loren Lindler)
    Posted by Loren Lindler , Editorial Intern

    Loren Lindler, a student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, shares how she spent a summer internship with DTN/Progressive Farmer.

  • MachineryLink

    Posted by Russ Quinn , DTN Staff Reporter

    The University of Nebraska-Lincoln quarter-scale tractor A-team recently took home top honors at the International Quarter-Scale Student Design Competition in Peoria, Illinois.

  • Sort & Cull

    Posted by Cheri Zagurski , DTN Associate Editor

    DTN Associate Editor Cheri Zagurski has an idea about what to call meatless meat products.