Blogs

  • Sort & Cull

    This week's cash cattle market will be met with opposition once again. (Photo by Mandi Cottrell)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    We can't be upset about the rhetoric packers use to make deals; we, as cattlemen, need to learn from their savviness.

  • Canada Markets

    This chart calculates the prospective 2021-22 Canadian wheat carryout (excluding durum) when varying yields (bushels per acre, vertical axis) and seeded acres (million acres, horizontal axis), based on AAFC's current assumptions. The yellow-shaded area shows combinations of yield and acres that will lead to a year-over-year increase in stocks. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)

    This study looks at prospective 2021-22 ending stocks of Canadian wheat (excluding durum) given a number of AAFC assumptions while calculated on a yield-seeded acre matrix that varies the output potential.

  • Ethanol Blog

    A group of United States senators are pressing USDA to make funds available for biofuels producers hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A number of senators have asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to provide financial assistance to biofuels producers.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Cumulative percent distribution of central Illinois soybean oil percent of crush value 2000-2021

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Prospects for flooding similar to the devastating 2019 floods have increased by more than 12 times. (DTN photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Research connects global warming gases to the historic floods of 2019.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Lock and Dam 4 in Alma, Wisconsin, was dewatered after the end of the 2020 navigation season in order to conduct much-needed maintenance. Major winter maintenance like this occurs about every 20 years and includes concrete repairs, sandblasting and repainting the miter gates and updating the bubbler system used to prevent ice buildup within the lock chamber. (Photo courtesy of the USACE St. Paul District)

    Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers issues a report card depicting the condition and performance of American infrastructure based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement.

  • Technically Speaking

    June lean hogs have come a long way from the coronavirus-related low near $40 in April 2020 and are now trading near their highest prices in over six years, supported by strong retail pork demand, lighter inventories and renewed talk of African swine fever in China. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

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

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.