Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    Based on USDA FAS data, the blue bars represent the global stocks of the nine major vegetable oils combined, including the recent forecast for 2022-23, while the brown line represents the global stocks/use ratio. Both are forecast to recover in the 2022-23 crop year. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    European rapeseed faced the earliest selling in May 18 trade, while media is pointing to a move by Germany to reduce biofuel blending to preserve supplies for human consumption markets.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Winter wheat harvested to planted ratio vs. percent yields deviated from the 2000-2022 trend

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The June 1-15 forecast from DTN suggests a continued active weather pattern across the northern half of country with increased precipitation for many areas. This period is an extension of an active forecast for the last two weeks of May as well. (DTN graphics)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Spring has been a wet time for a lot of the country's growing regions. It has been difficult to plant for sure, but the increased soil moisture will favor early growth.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law on Tuesday that expands E15 availability in the state. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday signed a bill into law that will expand E15 availability to 70% of stations by 2024.

  • Technically Speaking

    This is a daily chart of September Paris milling wheat futures gapping higher to a new contract high. A similar pattern existed early Monday with the three U.S. wheat markets. (DTN ProphetX chart by Dana Mantini)

    Over the weekend, more bad news emerged for world wheat markets. Just days after USDA projected India wheat production to be nearly record high and India wheat exports to reach a record high 8.5 mmt (312 mb), India chose to ban all wheat exports beginning in July. The net...

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack speaking to reporters last year. Vilsack met Sunday in Warsaw with Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Mykola Solskyion. (USDA)

    In a call to reporters from Poland following a meeting of G7 ministers in Germany, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted that 80% of last year's Ukrainian crop had already been shipped before Russia began blocking the Black Sea ports, and said that while the remaining grain...

  • Sort & Cull

    In this upcoming week's cash cattle market, feedlots know that it's going to become tougher and tougher to hold the market at steady levels and that packer interest could die at any second and turn the market into a ghost town. (Photo by DTN)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Packers know that the market favors their position for now, but when the cattle that are currently fed get worked through, the cash market is going to drastically change to favor feedlots.

  • South America Calling

    Cold air moving north into southern Brazil next week may bring risks of frosts to major safrinha corn production areas. (DTN graphic)

    Cold air moving into southern Brazil next week could bring risks of frost to an otherwise good start to the safrinha corn season.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Goose River at Northwood, North Dakota, spilling onto farm fields May 2. (Photo by Peter Ness, Ness Farms in Sharon, North Dakota)

    Farmers in the Northern Plains and northwest Minnesota are behind on planting due to heavy snow, rain in April and now spring flooding.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    (Graphic by Nick Scalise)

    With its recent half-point increase, the Federal Reserve is accelerating its attack on inflation. But inflation hawks think it's not accelerating enough.

  • Production Blog

    Peas are taking root in new regions, such as Kansas, as grower search for new rotations and ways to build nitrogen. (Photo courtesy of Kraig Roozeboom, Kansas State University)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Pulses, such as dry peas, are being tested in some rotations as farmers look for ways to reduce use of nitrogen.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Agricultural loan volumes surged in the first quarter of 2022 primarily due to increased lending to help farmers cover their operating expenses. (Graphic courtesy of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City)

    A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City finds that a record number of operating loans surpassed $1 million in the first quarter of 2022, reflecting soaring prices for inputs.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Ukraine's farmers will begin to harvest their winter wheat crop in June, but there is uncertainty on whether the country will be able to export grain out of the country. (File photo by Kavardakova)
    Posted by Elaine Shein , Associate Managing Editor

    During an international video meeting of agricultural journalists this week, a Ukrainian ag journalist gave a glimpse of some of the challenges farmers as well as journalists are facing in his country after the Russian invasion.

  • MachineryLink

    Sam Sparks has been working with See & Spray technology for a couple of years. He wasn't sure the technology would deliver on the promise. But now he is convinced it has. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Dan Miller)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    With a couple of years' worth of experience under his belt, Texas grower Sam Sparks is finding new practices to manage weeds with Deere's See & Spray system.