Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    This chart shows the cumulative precipitation reported by Environment Canada over the April 1 through July 8 period for select prairie locations (blue bars), when compared to the same period in 2019 (brown bars) and the three-year average (grey bars) (25.4 mm = 1 inch). (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    While the dry area of the prairies is seen shrinking in size, there remains areas that require precipitation. At the same time, the area facing excessive moisture is seen growing in size.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Farmers who grow apples, blueberries, garlic, potatoes, raspberries and tangerines can apply for losses under the CARES Act after USDA determined they had losses of greater than 5% earlier this year due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy of USDA.gov)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    USDA on Thursday expanded the agricultural commodities that can apply for aid under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). USDA also announced more than 1.2 million acres were enrolled into the Conservation Reserve Program for grasslands.

  • MachineryLink

    ACS 2 can make it easier to turn in the field or be set to provide more automotive-like steering during transport. (Photo courtesy of John Deere)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Deere has upgraded its 7R and 8R tractors, and Ag Leader rolls out its high-accuracy, high-speed SureSpeed planting system.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Biofuels groups this week filed official comments with the EPA, raising concerns about an anti-backsliding study. (Photo by Emily Unglesbee)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Biofuels interest groups pointed to flaws in EPA's anti-backsliding study on the Renewable Fuel Standard, in official public comments filed with the agency this week.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Class III milk futures have rallied 208% from pandemic lows. Cheese prices have surged, tightening milk supplies due to COVID-19 disruptions the dairy industry. (DTN ProphetX chart by Rick Kment)

    Dairy prices have soared higher since setting long-term lows in April, surrounding the COVID-19 crisis that abruptly changed dairy demand and production levels. Milk prices rallied over 200% from April lows with current levels nearing all-time highs.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Showers and thunderstorms offer the potential to keep stressful heat from completely blanketing the central U.S. through July 13. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Upper air ridge formation shows no Midwest dome structure through mid-July.

  • Sort & Cull

    Cash cattle prices and live cattle prices may be up against a tough battle through July as the market is seasonally pressured through this time and will be immensely taxed as COVID-19 has put even more stress on the market place. (DTN ProphetX graphic)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    The recent spur in live cattle contracts couldn't seem more baffling as the market still faces vast numbers of fat cattle that need slaughtered, sees heavier carcass weights, and has concerns about the third quarter's boxed beef demand.

  • Technically Speaking

    The above daily chart represents August soybean meal and while the double bottom at the $283 area looks like it will be tough to crack, good support exists above at $290-$292 and again at $287. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    DTN's weekly analysis of the soybean and corn markets.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Chart by Joel Karlin
    Posted

    USDA acreage changes for U.S. corn and soybeans from the March intentions to June acreage report to the final production report figure

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The country is polarized in a new way and the two poles are working at cross-purposes.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Long-standing issues rarely fix themselves without proper attention. (Photo by cantfightthetendies, CC BY 2.0)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    In mechanics, and in life, issues arising from neglect rarely fix themselves. If allowed to squeak long enough, a minor irritant can become a catastrophic failure.

  • Production Blog

    DTN is watching for a Ninth Circuit court ruling on a lawsuit against the Enlist Duo herbicide, with near identical claims to the recent court case that ended in the cancellation of three dicamba herbicides. (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Emily Unglesbee , DTN Staff Reporter

    The same plaintiffs that brought the recent dicamba case to the Ninth Circuit are behind a similar lawsuit targeting EPA’s registration of Enlist Duo.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Now that the comment period on CFTC's proposed rule on position limits is closed, the agency will review comments and make changes before publishing a final rule in the Federal Register. (DTN file photo)

    While the National Grain and Feed Association largely supports the CFTC's fifth attempt to create a position limits rule, its official statement on the rule offers a number of suggestions, including adding another strategy to its list of bona fide hedges.

  • South America Calling

    Most primary crop areas in Brazil have short to very short soil moisture; Mato Grosso is the exception. (USDA graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    The onset of the Southern Hemisphere dry season adds to an already-short soil moisture supply in much of Brazil's crop areas.