Blogs

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Livestock trucks on the side of the road in Oklahoma. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Monday extended a waiver for commercial trucks from the federal Hours of Service regulation. (DTN file photo by Mary Kennedy)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    An Hours of Service waiver was set to expire on Tuesday but the federal government extended the waiver through February. USDA also reported the lowest vaccination rates in the federal government, but the White House is delaying any discipline.

  • Sort & Cull

    With the live cattle market leading the way, the feeder cattle market is encouraged to rally alongside the live cattle market. (DTN ProphetX graphic)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Corn prices, processing speeds and beef demand will weigh heavily on the success of this market's rally, but as the market sits today, the bull spreaders aren't fearful of the days ahead and anxiously welcome the new year's approach.

  • Canada Markets

    Australia's ABARES has estimated that country's wheat production at a record 34.4 mmt (green bar), up from its previous estimate of 31.5 mmt. This compares to the five-year average of 23.6 mmt (horizontal brown line) and the 10-year average of 24.2 mmt (horizontal black line). (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The Australian government revised its forecast for the country's wheat production higher to a record 34.4 mmt.

  • Technically Speaking

    Heating oil found support at the 200-day moving average Friday and overnight, an encouraging technical sign. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    Gasoline and crude oil futures suffered large selloffs Friday.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Canadian wheat and rapeseed production vs. the percent that yields for both crops deviate from 30-year trends

  • MachineryLink

    Case IH Maxxum 145 CVXDrive loader. (DTN photo courtesy of Case IH)

    MachineryLink looks at updated Case IH tractors with new features, tool-heavy Toolcats and a Honda autonomous cart tested at a construction site but perhaps someday be a tool around the farm.

  • Production Blog

    A simple cupped hand to the ear might send a signal that hearing is difficult. Holidays and other social gatherings require hearing impaired advocate for themselves.
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Tips to handle the holiday buzz and winter meetings when your ears are a disability.

  • South America Calling

    Precipitation over much of Argentina and southern Brazil is forecast to be well-below normal for December. (DTN graphic)

    Weather patterns over Argentina and southern Brazil have been following a La Nina pattern this spring, ahead of its declaration by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology that occurred Nov. 23. December looks to continue that pattern, which is a concern for corn and soybean...

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Record rain in much of central and eastern Australia in mid-November has drastically lowered wheat quality, keeping global supply of highest-grade milling wheat in short supply. (Australia Bureau of Meteorology graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    La Nina-influenced rain washes away world wheat market hopes for a big supply from Down Under.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Soybean meal prices have been rising as an essential additive, dry lysine, has become difficult for feeders to obtain. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Soybean Export Council)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    A shortage of synthetic lysine additive, which is used in feed compounds, has sent soybean meal prices soaring recently.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Though passed by a Democratic Congress and bitterly opposed by many Republicans, the infrastructure bill was very much a bipartisan achievement. (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that President Joe Biden signed into law will make the economy more competitive for decades to come. It was a bipartisan victory as much as Biden's.

  • Editors' Notebook

    DTN posts market commentary, data and market updates throughout the day. The easy way to find all of it in one location is with a DTN subscription. (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

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  • Minding Ag's Business

    If farmers don't plan to prepay for next year's inputs early enough, they could be stuck paying high prices at equipment auctions to reduce their tax bill for 2021. (DTN file photo)

    Farmers should talk to input suppliers about their plans to prepay for next year's inputs as soon as possible if they're relying on it as a tax strategy in 2021. Shortages are widespread and many suppliers are requiring farmers to take delivery to prevent issues down the road...

  • Ethanol Blog

    The EPA on Friday rejected one small-refinery exemption petition to the Renewable Fuel Standard, the first such rejection by the Biden administration. (DTN file photo)

    The EPA on Friday rejected one small-refinery exemption petition to the Renewable Fuel Standard, leaving 65 requests pending.