Blogs

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Heavy rain fell across the Delta region this past week. Some areas of Arkansas and Mississippi received over 10 inches. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Flooding rains affected a portion of the Delta region this week, bringing a need to replant or file insurance claims.

  • MachineryLink

    A careless moment with a chainsaw made this cut in Dan Miller's chaps. Without them, that cut could have been fatal. (DTN photo by Brent Warren)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    With storms comes the sound of running chainsaws. They are a great tool for clearing downed trees. But misused, they can be more dangerous than the storm itself.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    USDA announced on Friday that farmers who were eligible for aid under the Quality Loss Adjustment program and the WHIP-Plus program for 2018 and 2019 disaster losses could see checks starting to arrive June 15 or later. (USDA logo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Farmers and livestock producers who have been waiting for aid payments for Quality Loss Adjustment (QLA) and the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP-Plus) should see payments over the next several week as USDA announced more than $1 billion in aid released...

  • Canada Markets

    Crude palm oil for August delivery fell for a fifth straight session on June 11, forming a bearish gap lower on the chart while breaching the support from an April 21-22 gap in trade. Today's move also fell below the contract's 50-day moving average as well as the 38.2% retracement of the contract's August 2020 low to May 2021 high. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Palm oil futures showed weakness this week, breaching several technical support levels. Meanwhile, recent USDA data shows the global vegetable oil stocks/use ratio falling to its lowest level seen in 24 years in 2021-22.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains during the week ended June 10 was $3 lower 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 was lower versus one week ago.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Combined good and excellent ratings reported in the initial USDA weekly crop ratings for soybeans vs. percent the final U.S. soybean yield deviated from the 30-year trend.

  • South America Calling

    Rainfall deficits in Brazil have been quite extreme during the last three months with many areas seeing 50% or less of normal rainfall. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Drought has continued to stress and damage corn in central Brazil. A stalled front will offer some limited precipitation chances during the next week but will not provide much benefit.

  • Ethanol Blog

    The House biofuels caucus asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to direct COVID relief funds to biofuels producers. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Twenty-two members of the House biofuels caucus asked U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to provide COVID relief funds to biofuels producers.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Should mankind strive to render the entire mosquito family extinct, worldwide? (Illustration by Nick Scalise, photo by theglobalpanorama, CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Using genetic engineering, scientists are moving close to being able to eliminate a scourge to mankind. Should they?

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Land values are picking up steam, and if you're considering selling, doing estate planning or getting a divorce, it might be time to have your property's value professionally assessed. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico, photo illustration by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    Suspecting the market has gone higher doesn't mean you need an appraisal, but if you're looking to sell a piece of property, it might. If you're doing estate planning, refinancing or getting a divorce, an appraisal is probably necessary.

  • Production Blog

    The growing season is a good time to dig some soybean roots to see if you can see soybean cyst nematode. A hand lens can help spot the tiny white females that appear like grains of sand on the soybean root. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    More farmers are now rotating SCN resistance, according to a recently released study. Avoiding yield losses is always a good move, but it takes on added meaning when prices climb.

  • Sort & Cull

    Looking at the situation now, we have a lot to be thankful for as the circumstances could have been much worse, but that doesn't mean there won't be ramifications. (DTN file photo by Becky Mills)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    While I'm thankful last week's cyberattack was quickly dealt with, I'm also here to tell you that the cost of wasted time and missed opportunities is high.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Congratulations to all the MyPlanting21 entrants and winners, including this beautiful sunset image by Morgan Hansen. Winners will be featured in the August issue of Progressive Farmer Magazine. (Photo by Morgan Hansen)

    Our MyPlanting21 photography contest has drawn to a close, and the four talented winners will be featured in upcoming pieces on our online platforms and in the August Progressive Farmer magazine and here: https://spotlights.dtnpf.com/myplanting21/index.cfm

  • Technically Speaking

    This is a daily chart of July soybean meal, recovering from a recent beat down, which saw that contract plunge $79 per ton in just 11 days. (DTN ProphetX chart by Dana Mantini)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    Soybean meal has been the short hedge of the soybean complex, but perhaps it's time to take a look at meal as being undervalued relative to the rest of the soy complex.