Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    Saskatchewan Agriculture's Crop Report as of June 27 shows the percentage of fall cereals viewed at normal growth stages ahead of the average pace for the week, while the percentage of spring cereals, oilseeds and pulse crops remains behind average, but the gap is narrowing. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Crop development in Saskatchewan remains at a moderated pace after a slow start this spring.

  • 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.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Highest, lowest, 2021 and average percent change in corn acreage from the March prospective plantings report to the June acreage figures along with the standard deviation of these changes from 2000 to 2021 for the top 18 producing states and the U.S.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Subsoil moisture has been declining in many areas over the last couple of weeks. Areas in both the Eastern and Western Corn Belt are seeing worsening conditions. (DTN graphic based on data from the USDA NASS Crop Progress Report)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    High temperatures in June have sapped soil moisture across many areas that previously were sitting in good shape. The result is quickly developing drought conditions.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    A bulk ship waiting to load at a U.S. port. The U.S. and G7 countries continue to stress the need for getting commodities out of Ukraine and delivered to countries in need. The Biden administration also is highlighting its commitment to global food aid, but those efforts are slowed by U.S. bureaucracy. (DTN file photo)

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the Biden administration highlight the need for global food aid and opening up the Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea. Still, a report over the weekend indicates the bulk of U.S. aid money passed by Congress won't be used until later this...

  • 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?

  • Market Matters Blog

    The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Canada went on strike June 18 after rejecting CN's latest offer in contract negotiations. (DTN file photo)

    Rail and port workers are in the midst of contact negotiations, and failure to come to an agreement could be a disaster for West Coast ports and railroads.

  • Technically Speaking

    The chart above is a daily chart of August soybean meal futures, showing what appears to be a descending triangle chart pattern, which often would break out to the downside. (DTN ProphetX chart by Dana Mantini)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    August soybean meal futures appear to be trading within a descending triangle chart pattern suggesting that a solid break and close under $400 would be bearish. On the other hand, a rally and close above $420 would negate the bearish pattern.

  • 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.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    The Federal Reserve Board's increasing aggressiveness in fighting inflation is evident in the accelerating size of its interest rate hikes--a 25 basis point increase in the benchmark federal funds rate in March, a 50 point increase in May and a 75 point increase in June. (Table courtesy of the Federal Reserve)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The Federal Reserve Board doesn't want a recession, but by raising its benchmark interest rates an unexpected 0.75 it's choosing to emphasize fighting inflation even at the risk of causing one.

  • 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.