Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Agriculture exports played a role in helping Canada achieve its first monthly trade surplus since July 2014. Here is a look at trade data for various crops and crop products.

  • MachineryLink

    CNH and Monarch Tractor have teamed up on a technology play that will soon bring electric tractors to production agriculture. Shown here is a Monarch tractor. (Photo courtesy of Monarch Tractor)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    CNH Industrial has completed a minority investment in Monarch Tractor, a California-based tech company preparing to release its first electric-powered and autonomous-capable tractor.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was $5 lower on average versus one week ago during the week ended March 4. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was lower on average versus a week ago.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The U.S. Drought Monitor update for March 4 shows most of the Plains states in drought conditions. The lower snowpack in the Plains and drier soil conditions are lowering the risk of widespread flooding along the Missouri River this spring. (Graphic from the National Drought Mitigation Center)

    The last three months has seen a strip of increased rainfall in a few states, but precipitation overall remains below normal in the northwestern portions of the Missouri River basin. The forecast shows lower potential flood risk on the main stem of the Missouri River going into...

  • South America Calling

    Rainfall during the next 10 days is expected to be below normal for most of the major growing regions. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Soybean harvest continues to lag the normal pace, but the rate of progress is normal, given the two-week delay to the start of the main growing season. Dryness in Argentina will continue during the next 10 days while showers in Brazil will become more isolated next week.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Year-round dairy workers are excluded from the seasonal H-2A guest worker program, but the Farm Workforce Modernization Act would change the program to allow H-2A workers to remain in the country longer and work on farmers such as dairy operations. Like the last Congress, the bill will likely pass the House, but face long odds in the evenly-split Senate.  (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    Several House members on Wednesday reintroduced their Farm Workforce Modernization Act (FWMA), a bill that aims to provide a compromise solution to reform the H-2A agricultural guest-worker program and creates a first-of-its-kind, merit-based visa program specifically designed...

  • Ethanol Blog

    Language in a climate bill introduced by Democrats in the United States House of Representatives would make it more difficult for small refiners to apply for waivers to the Renewable Fuels Standard. It would also require EPA to aggressively consider new pathways for lowering the carbon intensity of renewable fuels. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    New legislation introduced in the United States House of Representatives on Tuesday would provide more transparency and set tighter deadlines for small refiners seeking exemptions to the Renewable Fuels Standard. The bill also would require EPA to make quicker decisions when...

  • Minding Ag's Business

    A new supplemental crop insurance coverage product called the Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) may add to farmers' premiums, but they also add an additional layer of coverage. (Photo courtesy of Purdue University's Center for Commercial Agriculture)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    Higher crop insurance revenue guarantees for corn, soybeans and wheat will translate into higher premiums, but Purdue University experts recommend farmers don't skimp on coverage in order to save on premium.

  • Sort & Cull

    Live cattle prices sink to 10-year lows while boxed beef prices see unprecedented support. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Last week's cash cattle market averaged only $114 -- which is $10 to $44 weaker than years past.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    A literary rarity: a book with some nice things to say about large-scale commercial agriculture. (Photo of book cover by Urban Lehner)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    In his latest book, Harvard professor Robert Paarlberg has kind words for big commercial growers, somewhat less kind ones for large livestock producers and downright snarly ones for food companies.

  • Technically Speaking

    Kansas City wheat has an ascending triangle pattern unfolding, which would suggest a continuation of the uptrend. (DTN/ProphetX chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the wheat market.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Matrix showing prospective 2021/22 U.S. corn ending stocks with various combinations of planted area and yields

  • Production Blog

    Need more details on genetic engineering? Here are a few favorite books from my library shelves. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    There's plenty to read if you want to firm up your knowledge about genetically engineering crops.

  • Editors' Notebook

    It was tough to find anything, this year or any other, that had more influence on life in general than the coronavirus pandemic. (DTN photo collage by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Our annual look back on the major ag stories of the year was perhaps as painful as the year itself.