Blogs

  • An Urban's Rural View

    One of the easiest ways to slow climate change and protect biodiversity is to not build roads through large intact forests, a new book argues.
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    A new book makes a compelling case for preserving the world's big five megaforests and 2,000 intact forest landscapes.

  • South America Calling

    Some areas of Argentina will go up to 11 degrees Celsius (20 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal next week, with temperature rising into the 40s Celsius (mid-100s Fahrenheit). (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    A heatwave coming to Argentina next week will result in significant soil moisture losses and heat stress for developing corn and soybeans.

  • Ethanol Blog

    EPA released a proposal to set Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2023 to 2025 on Thursday, drawing a broad range of reaction from biofuels producers and agriculture groups. (DTN file photo)

    While the ethanol industry reacted enthusiastically to a multi-year Renewable Fuel Standard proposal covering 2023 to 2025, the biodiesel industry expressed disappointment with EPA's proposed volumes that don't match current production.

  • Canada Markets

    The soybean oil forward curve continues to slope downward into 2025, signaling a continued bullish view of market fundamentals. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    January soybean oil posted a weak close on Nov. 30 although the monthly chart and the soybean oil forward curve continues to signal a bullish situation.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Five, ten and 20-year seasonality of the soybean crush margin as a percent of the annual average vs. the 2022 soybean crush seasonality through November 28.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    A ship loading with soybeans for exports. USDA cut the forecast for U.S. agricultural exports by $3.5 billion overall, including a $2.4 billion decline in soybean exports. Agricultural imports are higher, driven partially by a strong dollar, which hurts exports and helps imports. (DTN file photo)

    The export forecast for FY 2023, which runs from October 2022 to the end of September 2023, was lowered by $3.5 billion from the August trade forecast. Agricultural imports are forecast at a record $199 billion, a $2 billion in increase from the August forecast.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Strong to severe storms are forecast for portions of the Delta, Tennessee Valley, and Southeast on Tuesday. (NOAA/SPC graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    A dynamic cold front will create strong to severe thunderstorms across the south-central and Southeast U.S. Tuesday afternoon and evening. This could include large hail, damaging winds, and possible long-track tornadoes.

  • Sort & Cull

    Monitoring throughput, boxed beef prices and packers' willingness to support the cash sector remains the best way to gauge the cash cattle market's ability to trade higher in the weeks to come. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    We knew that last week's negotiated cash cattle market was a good one when prices jumped higher, but on Monday we could see how the market got even sweeter.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, has gone into hibernation for the winter as the 2022 navigation season has come to an end. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)

    The navigation season is over for the far Upper Mississippi River, while the Lower Mississippi is still in dire need of water.

  • Technically Speaking

    Natural gas futures have closed the gap overnight and should be looking to support around $6.50. (DTN ProphetX chart by Tregg Cronin)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at January energy futures.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Mark your calendar and register soon for our virtual DTN Ag Summit. DTN subscribers attend free. (DTN image by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    The 2022 DTN Ag Summit is all virtual, so there's no reason to miss out on the industry's premier farm-focused business conference.

  • Production Blog

    What characteristics define a high-quality soybean? Certainly, color plays a role in distinguishing wild soy (Glycine soja), left, from a domesticated, commercial soybean variety (Glycine max). (DTN photo by Jason Jenkins)
    Posted by Jason Jenkins , DTN Crops Editor

    An increasing number of soybeans have failed to certify as U.S. No. 1 Yellow Soybean the past two years, but is that enough reason to justify changing the standards? Not if the U.S. wants to lose its soybean identity.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Learn strategies to help conquer the chaos at our all-virtual DTN Ag Summit on Dec. 12-13. (DTN image by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Gregg Hillyer , Progressive Farmer Editor-in-Chief

    Virtual conference will provide insights on important ag topics, from carbon programs and farm legislation to supply chain challenges and commodity market analysis.

  • MachineryLink

    Deere's new strip-till series gives operators the ability to combine nutrient applications and tillage into a single pass. (DTN photo by Dan Miller)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Deere is announcing Monday a new strip-till series giving operators the ability to perform tillage and apply nutrients in a single pass. Deere is also announcing updates to its 7R series tractors and a new TruSet Active height-sensing feature for select field cultivators, vertical...