Blogs

  • Ag Policy Blog

    There are a lot of hearings on the farm bill right now with talk about raising reference prices because of high input costs. A budget proposal released by House conservatives instead proposes cutting nearly every major program in the farm bill. (DTN file image)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    So far, reference prices have become a focal point in the growing number of field hearings and listening sessions that members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committee continue to hold. Another option would be to consider cutting programs throughout USDA.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    From June 29 through July 6, the north-central U.S. has had rainfall amounts of .75 inch to 2 or more inches. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    Many high production sectors of the central U.S. have seen useful rainfall for crops in early July.

  • Canada Markets

    The bars on this chart show the percent change in seeded acres from 2021 to 2022 following the release of Statistics Canada's estimates based on May/June surveys. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Statistics Canada revised their forecast for Canada's seeded acres on July 5, which saw wheat acres reach their highest level in nine years while canola acres are down from a year ago.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    A deeply divided country would benefit from a return to a more pragmatic approach to politics. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Ruminations on the nation's deep divides and a lost virtue that could be restored.

  • Technically Speaking

    On Thursday, June 23, December corn posted a new two-month low, ending below its 100-day average for the first time since September 2021. Technically, the trend has turned down, but fundamentally, it is difficult to see much downside potential (DTN ProphetX chart by Todd Hultman).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    The upward push in corn and wheat prices that has been going on since the fall of 2020 came to an abrupt end in June, largely influenced by investor fears about the economy.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains for the week ended June 30 was $7 lower on average versus one week ago. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was $7 lower on average versus one week ago.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Highest, lowest, 2022 and average percent change in soybean acreage from March prospective plantings report to June acreage figures along with standard deviation of these changes from 1996 to 2022 for the top 18 producing states and the U.S.

  • South America Calling

    Rainfall amounts across most of South America were below normal for March through May of 2022 indicated in brown and red coloring. There was a pocket of above-normal precipitation in southern Brazil, however, indicated in blue. (Graphic made by the Climate Change Institute using ECMWF ERA5 data)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Weather during the safrinha season quickly turned from favorable to unfavorable in central Brazil, but opposite from unfavorable to favorable in southern Brazil, balancing some of the poorer conditions farther north.

  • MachineryLink

    Guardian Agriculture's electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft will begin applying crop protection products over vegetable fields in the Salinas Valley of California beginning in 2023. (Photo courtesy of Guardian Agriculture)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    In a multi-million-dollar partnership, ag-products supplier Wilbur-Ellis and Guardian Agriculture will use Guardian's electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft to treat California vegetable fields beginning in 2023. The 500-pound craft can treat up to 40 acres in an hour.

  • Sort & Cull

    Given the market's recent developments, it would appear there are starkly fewer market-ready cattle in the system than what was portrayed. (Photo by Jim Patrico)

    How can it be that we have record on feed numbers and a $10 price spread between regions when there's supposed to be record on feed numbers?

  • Ethanol Blog

    Growth Energy has asked a federal appeals court to review EPA's recent actions on small-refinery exemptions. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Ethanol interest group Growth Energy asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review EPA's recent actions on small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • Editors' Notebook

    The open, efficient workshop designed by Mark Barglof, of Burt, Iowa, is one of three featured in the Summer 2022 issue of Progressive Farmer.
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    The current issue of Progressive Farmer features our annual Farm Shops feature. Check it out, and watch for features on those shops on our DTN/Progressive Farmer digital platforms as well.

  • Production Blog

    Tossed pivots and hail-damaged crops have been making for a tumultuous crop season so far. These fields in Nebraska are an example of how violent weather can get. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Recent storms may have knocked these Nebraska farmers around, but they are fighting the odds and replanting.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George sees challenges ahead for attempts to fight inflation. (Photo courtesy of Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank)

    Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George said there are unique economic challenges as the Fed attempts to bring inflation back to its 2% target.