Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    Canada's primary elevator stocks as of week 28 increased for the fourth straight week to 4.6205 million metric tons, up 928,600 metric tons (mt) from the same week in 2018-19 and 764,400 mt above the three-year average. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Country stocks of grain have increased for the fourth straight week, while CN continues to cancel cars due to the ongoing blockades, which have spread to CP Rail at the end of the week. Stocks account for 90.4% of estimated working capacity with country space tight.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Except for western North Dakota, the northern tier of states and northern Rockies have above-average snowpack, which enhances concern for spring flood potential. (NOAA graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Heavy northern U.S. snowpack leads to high concern over flooding in spring 2020.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The DTN domestic distillers dried grains weekly spot price was steady on average at $147 per ton for the week ended Feb. 20. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was unchanged at $147 per ton compared to one week ago.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he might again push for new trade aid for farmers, just a day after Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said farmers need to plan for getting their income from the marketplace. (DTN image from Twitter)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Just 24 hours after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue tried to shut the door on Market Facilitation Program payments for 2020, President Donald Trump kicked the door back open on Twitter.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Robust meat and poultry production sends U.S. corn feed use to 12-year highs

  • An Urban's Rural View

    The coronavirus underscores the need for China to better regulate its wet markets.

  • Ethanol Blog

    USDA is setting a goal for biofuels to make up 30% of transportation fuels by 2050. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Matthew Wilde)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A couple of developments on Thursday could create future demand for biofuels such as ethanol and biodiesel.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    The comment period for the CFTC's latest position limits proposal ends on April 29, and CFTC Chairman Heath Tarbert said he intends to finalize the rule before the end of the year. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    The CFTC's latest attempt to establish speculative position limits aims to limit potential squeezes and corners in the markets while maintaining users' ability to hedge, and it's getting good reviews for its bona fide efforts to strike the right balance.

  • Technically Speaking

    For over two years, April feeder cattle have held sideways between $128 and $155 and may be getting ready to challenge resistance. Prices fell to $135 recently, pressured by concerns about trade, the world economy and coronavirus, but found support last week from commercials attracted to feeders' cheaper prices (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted

    A technical look at April contracts of live cattle, feeder cattle and lean hogs.

  • Sort & Cull

    Even during the busy calving season, think about strategies of what to do to make your cow-calf operation more profitable, including when is the best calving time for your herd. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Little changes can make the biggest differences if implemented in the right season.

  • MachineryLink

    One of the checklist tips: Level your planter, adjust the planter tongue and drawbar to level or slightly higher in front to keep parallel linkages and closing wheels operating most efficiently. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Dan Crummett)

    Shop time spent repairing planter wear and making adjustments can boost corn yields significantly. Here's a 10-point checklist to help you prepare your planter for the season ahead.

  • Production Blog

    Syngenta is releasing a brand new source of SCN resistance, PI 89772, in a single soybean variety this year.
    Posted by Emily Unglesbee , DTN Staff Reporter

    Syngenta is introducing a soybean variety with a new source of SCN resistance, PI 89772, as early as 2020.

  • South America Calling

    Rainfall in Buenos Aires and Santa Fe in Argentina and southern Brazil has been limited; the next chance of any widespread, significant rainfall in these areas will not be until early next week. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Drier weather in parts of central Argentina and southern Brazil bears watching.

  • Editors' Notebook

    (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Our look back on the major ag stories of 2019 included some well-known, as well as a couple of completely new, subjects.