Blogs

  • MachineryLink

    Sales of 100-plus hp tractors, up nearly 14% in 2022 through October, are important to this year's strong ag equipment manufacturing performance. (Photo courtesy of Kubota)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Agricultural equipment manufacturers saw growth in 2022 and expect more growth in 2023. But the signs the industry is slowing and inventories, especially on dealer lots, are an ongoing concern.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains for the week ended Dec. 1 was $1 higher on average versus two weeks ago. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was $1 higher versus two weeks ago.

  • Canada Markets

    Statistics Canada estimated Canada's corn crop at a record 14.5 mmt, with both harvested acres and yield up from 2021, with record yield and production achieved in Manitoba. This is compared to the five-year average of 13.8 mmt. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Canada's principal field crop production is estimated as the third-highest ever but is revised lower this month from the previous estimate based on the August model data. Rationing of demand for some crops will be a feature this crop year.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Eastern and southeastern Australia have only limited rainfall in the 15-day forecast from the European forecast model. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    Easing of heavy moisture inflow from the Indian and Pacific Oceans into eastern Australia has been favorable for improving wheat harvest conditions.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Chart by Joel Karlin, DTN Contributing Analyst

    Wheat was the weakest member of the CME ag complex in November and winter wheat is entering dormancy in about the worst shape ever for U.S. winter wheat.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.