Blogs

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Thursday's markup of the House Agriculture Committee's farm bill had some moments from both parties that reflected the committee has lost a lot of its bipartisan luster over time. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

    As many as 1,500 other people were watching on YouTube at one point to see the House Agriculture Committee debate the farm bill. A lot of key votes all fell along the party lines of 29 Republicans and 25 Democrats. At times, Democrats seemed to surrender debate, but...

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Heavy rainfall during the last 30 days for much of the Canadian Prairies is bogging down seeding progress because of water sitting on fields such as on this field by Keatley, Saskatchewan on May 14. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    A continued active weather pattern, even in the midst of change, is keeping much of the Canadian Prairies a bit too wet.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains for the week ended May 23 is down $1 per ton 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 is down $1 on average versus one week ago.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Federal lawmakers from Iowa asked the Biden administration this week to amend the Renewable Fuel Standard. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

    Federal lawmakers from Iowa asked the Biden administration to amend Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2024 and 2025, in a letter this week to President Joe Biden and Michael Regan, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • South America Calling

    Limited rainfall is forecast in south-central Brazil but may be locally heavy as forecast by the European model. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    It has been very dry for more than a month in safrinha corn growing areas in central and south-central Brazil. Many have not seen a drop in over six weeks. But a front coming up from the south gives some hope to a crop that is not yet mature and could use the rain that...

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    End of April Palmer Drought Severity Index readings (PDSI) for both states vs. the mid-May percent of each date in D1-D4 drought as reported by the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor site.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    The Camargue, the delta through which the Rhone River flows to the Mediterranean Sea, is famous for its flamingos -- and its rice.  (Photo by Urban Lehner)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Thousands of acres of the reputedly wild Rhone River delta are cultivated in rice, but the number of acres has declined.

  • Sort & Cull

    Seasonal beef demand has helped reignite the cattle market's flame, as boxed beef prices, cash cattle prices and the futures complex all traded higher last week. (Getty Images photo)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Seasonal demand may have been slow to surface, but last week, choice cuts averaged $9.96 higher than the previous week as consumers are ready for the grilling season!

  • Production Blog

    Digging some roots throughout the season tells a tale about whether the corn crop is worth pushing. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    How fit was the ground at planting this year? The best tool to evaluate the outcome and make further input decisions is an old-fashioned shovel.

  • Technically Speaking

    July soybeans were down a nickel on May 14, the day the U.S. announced a new set of tariffs on Chinese goods. By the end of the week, prices had gained 9 cents and were holding above support, showing no sign yet of reprisal from China . (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    On May 14, 2024, the U.S. initiated a new round of tariffs on Chinese goods, always a touchy subject for the soybean market. Traders might be wondering about retaliation from China; but so far, soybean prices are showing no concern.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    With surplus topsoil moisture estimates climbing, concerns are growing about planting delays. (DTN map)

    While rain may slow the national planting pace, some growers will get a few windows of opportunity. Anxiety about U.S. planting and Brazilian flooding has changed the market trend.

  • MachineryLink

    AGCO has opened Fendt Lodge in Jackson, Minnesota. It is Fendt's brand home and a place where farmer customers will see and even experience Fendt's product line. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Dan Miller)

    DTN/Progressive Farmer spoke with AGCO's CEO Eric Hansotia about Precision Planting's newest weed management technology, Fendt Lodge and Fendt's marketing strategies.

  • Editors' Notebook

    (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Joel Reichenberger; ribbon by Getty Images; DTN/Progressive Farmer illustration by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Anthony Greder , DTN/Progressive Farmer Content Manager

    Throughout May, Mental Health Awareness Month, DTN/Progressive Farmer will feature stories and columns on the unique mental health challenges that farmers and ranchers face and the resources and support available to assist those who are struggling to find help and hope.

  • Canada Markets

    Canada's total production of principal grains (wheat, durum, oats, barley, corn) is forecast to increase by 4.9 percent to 61.4 million metric tons (mmt) over the previous year on an additional 1.7 mmt of wheat production, according to USDA's recently released the Canada Grain and Feed Annual report. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    It was a busy week with various reports for Canada Agriculture of weekly exports, canola crush and other important information.