Blogs

  • Ag Policy Blog

    The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows roughly 500 counties nationally meet USDA's criteria for emergency haying and grazing on Conservation Reserve Program land. USDA announced a policy change Friday involving how decisions are made for haying and grazing CRP ground, based on conditions shown on the Drought Monitor. (Map courtesy of the U.S. Drought Monitor at the University of Nebraska)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Under new guidelines, decisions on emergency haying and grazing Conservation Reserve Program acres will fall under how a local area is depicted on the U.S. Drought Monitor during the end of primary nesting season.

  • Canada Markets

    This chart shows projected 2019-20 ending stocks based on the CGC's reported week 52 commercial stocks and the five-year and 10-year average of the ratio of Statistics Canada's commercial stocks estimate to total grain stocks as of July 31. These projections are then compared to AAFC's July estimates (grey bars). (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The historical relationship between the volume of commercial stocks of grain and the volume of total stocks is used to make projections for 2019-20 ending stocks, while then compared to AAFC's July estimates.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Iowa has its most extensive drought in eight years, while drought conditions have either eased or been removed in the southern and eastern Midwest. (National Drought Mitigation Center graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Late summer ushers in stark differences in central U.S. rainfall and associated drought conditions.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's domestic distillers dried grains weekly average spot price from available offers was steady for the week ended Aug. 6. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was unchanged this week.

  • Ethanol Blog

    As federal lawmakers continue work on a possible COVID-19 economic relief package, members of the House Biofuels Caucus are asking House and Senate leaders to include specific language for biofuels relief.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    End of July ratings for each of the top 18 soybean producing states and the U.S. for this year, last year and then the 1986-2020 average.

  • Sort & Cull

    Seeing stronger undertones in not only the feeder cattle market, but also the cow-market. (Photo by Greg Latza)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Just as perplexing as the feeder cattle rally has been, last week cows sold quite well at Superior's Video Royale sale.

  • Technically Speaking

    After falling to a 13-year low in March 2020, spot soybean oil prices have turned higher and are showing bullish divergence in the monthly stochastic -- a technical sign the long-term downtrend may have run its course (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at the monthly charts of three vegetable oil contracts.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The president is no longer interested in trade talks with China, and anti-Communist ideologues have become America's voice.

  • Production Blog

    These are examples of some of the plant-related materials that have been arriving in mailboxes unsolicited from China. It's important that those receiving packages do not plant or discard the seeds. (Photo courtesy of APHIS)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Surprise packages in the mailbox aren't necessarily welcome, and this week many received envelopes containing unidentified seeds. Recipients are being asked not to plant or discard and report to proper authorities.

  • MachineryLink

    The photo on the left shows a high level of compaction demonstrated with high tire pressure (55 psi) and full weight on the transport wheels of a Fendt Momentum planter, versus about 20 psi and a balanced load with the Momentum's Load Logic system engaged (right). (Photo courtesy of AGCO Corp.)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    AGCO is taking the summer to demonstrate the anti-compaction technology found on its new Fendt Momentum planter.

  • 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.

  • 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.