Blogs

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Change in U.S. corn and soybean acreage from the March 31 planting intentions report to the June 30 acreage report vs. percent of corn planted by May 5 and the percent of soybeans planted by May 20

  • Canada Markets

    The blue bars represent the average producer return for durum less the average price for wheat (excluding durum) during the past 15 years, as reported by AAFC. The yellow bars represent AAFC's forecast durum/wheat spread for both 2020-21 and 2021-22. The green bars represent the No. 1 CWAD less the No. 1 CWRS 13.5% price for October delivery for four regions of the Prairies reported by pdqinfo.ca on April 21. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    AAFC is reporting 2020-21 global durum stocks as one of the lowest on record, while Canada's stocks are also forecast to be historically tight. At the same time, durum's current premium to spring wheat may discourage durum planting.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    The Biden administration is looking at ways to address the drought that is spreading across western states and the Plains. A failed corn crop from a past drought reflects some of the risks to agricultural production if drought continues this year.  (DTN file photo)

    The Biden administration on Wednesday highlighted the need to do more to address ongoing drought and the impacts, especially concerning water shortages. Meanwhile, Republican governors asserted they are concerned about the president's plans to increase conservation strategies...

  • Production Blog

    Population of grassland birds, such as the lesser prairie chicken, have decreased during the last 50 years. (Photo by Marcus Miller, courtesy of NRCS)
    Posted by Russ Quinn , DTN Staff Reporter

    While the number of grassland birds has gone down, there is hope that ranchers can help be part of the solution to increase the population again by changing when hay is cut.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Twelve senators from the Midwest asked EPA Administrator Michael Regan to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard. (DTN file photo by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A group of 12 United States senators asked EPA Administrator Michael Regan to reject requests to waive Renewable Fuel Standard requirements.

  • South America Calling

    March-through-May rainfall will be below normal for the Brazil safrinha corn areas. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Brazil rain has turned well-below normal in April. That trend looks to continue during the important safrinha corn months of May and June.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Cold air flowing south from Canada will produce freezes across the Plains and Midwest through April 22 and in the Northern Plains into late April. This may damage winter wheat and emerged corn and soybeans. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Several nights of below-freezing conditions east of the Rockies could damage winter wheat and emerged corn and soybeans in the Plains and Midwest.

  • Sort & Cull

    Selling cattle with time has consequences and could affect the cash cattle market in the weeks to come. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Packers only buy cattle with time when they know that supplies are going to be short, or when they know that the cash cattle market could rally. In the current market's scenario, both are true and both favor feedlots' positions, which cause packers angst.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    "Cold War" is a misleading historical analogy for the U.S.-China relationship. The two countries are indeed serious rivals, but they're also economically interdependent.

  • MachineryLink

    Farmers applying manure to their fields can become more efficient with proper manure management practices. (DTN file photo by Mitch Kezar)
    Posted by Russ Quinn , DTN Staff Reporter

    When considered best management practices to ways to maximize manure usage, think of following the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship -- the right fertilizer source at the right rate at the right time and in the right place.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Federal Biscay, a 656-foot bulk carrier owned by Montreal-based Fednav, will earn the first ship distinction of 2021 in Duluth, Minnesota, completing the season's first full transit of the St. Lawrence Seaway en route to the Great Lakes' westernmost port, Duluth-Superior Harbor. (Photo by Duluth Shipping News)

    The Federal Biscay, the first oceangoing vessel of the 2021 maritime shipping season, arrived in the Port of Duluth-Superior on Sunday, April 18.

  • Editors' Notebook

    The MyPlanting21 contest allows farmers to show off the beauty and the promise of the planting season. (Photo courtesy of Gingi Haag)

    Farm families can show off their planting pride by entering the MyPlanting21 photo contest. The contest is open through June 1.

  • Technically Speaking

    June live cattle prices pulled back recently after challenging the 2019 high of $124.90, but the trend has not turned lower yet. (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at weekly charts of live cattle, feeder cattle and lean hogs.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    To see the full picture on U.S. farm income forecast, a person needs to look at all the pieces including what is coming from COVID relief packages and how much are farm inputs rising. (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    USDA's farm income forecast for 2021 calls for lower net farm incomes, but that hardly tells the story.