Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    Producer grain deliveries into the licensed handling system dipped to 941,600 metric tons in week 48, the lowest seen in six weeks while dipping below the three-year average for this week.
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Producer deliveries of all grains into licensed terminals dropped sharply in week 48 and bears watching. Canadian Grain Commission data for this week shows primary elevators carrying a below-average level of stocks, while terminal stocks are above normal.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    A Japanese flag blows in the wind. A group of more than 50 lawmakers have written the U.S. trade ambassador's office, asking the Trump administration to begin a second round of trade talks with Japan that would include greater dairy access to the country. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    A bipartisan coalition of House members wrote Trump administration officials to urge them to undertake a phase two trade deal with Japan, saying it would particularly benefit the dairy industry. Also announced on Monday, Randy Gordon is retiring as president and CEO of the...

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Milder conditions and some periods of rain mean that pollinating corn should have a high degree of performance. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Recent rain, additional moisture forecasted, and an easing of heat stress put most of the U.S. corn crop in a better situation for pollination.

  • Sort & Cull

    USDA offers insightful reports that indicate estimated weekly slaughter numbers and also ones that share actual slaughter data. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo)

    Understanding what tools to use, and when, can yield great insight into the cattle market.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The Illinois Waterway consolidated lock closures began on July 1, 2020, closing a portion of the Illinois River for at least three months. While the closures were planned in advance, this is a good example of how delays happen, and in this case, shippers will need to look for other more expensive modes of transportation until the river reopens. On July 2, the first miter gates were pulled at Starved Rock Lock and Dam in Ottawa, Illinois, to be repaired. Both the upper and lower miter gates will be replaced at Starved Rock during the closure. (Photo USACE Rock Island District)

    Transportation costs are a core component within the soybean, corn and related agricultural product supply chains. Congestion and wait times lead to delays that increase those costs and reduce efficiency.

  • Technically Speaking

    September corn futures saw higher highs in price on the most recent leg higher, but momentum indicators did not, setting up a bearish divergence in momentum. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the grain markets.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Ethanol margins continue to bounce back from the COVID-19 economic shutdown. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    DTN's hypothetical ethanol plant has seen its margin improve by 20 cents since May.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Geopolitical events are testing the ability of the U.S. and China to be both rivals and trading partners.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Chart by Joel Karlin
    Posted

    Matrix of possible corn ending stocks given various harvested/planted ratios and percent deviations from the 2020 trend yield

  • MachineryLink

    ACS 2 can make it easier to turn in the field or be set to provide more automotive-like steering during transport. (Photo courtesy of John Deere)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Deere has upgraded its 7R and 8R tractors, and Ag Leader rolls out its high-accuracy, high-speed SureSpeed planting system.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Long-standing issues rarely fix themselves without proper attention. (Photo by cantfightthetendies, CC BY 2.0)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    In mechanics, and in life, issues arising from neglect rarely fix themselves. If allowed to squeak long enough, a minor irritant can become a catastrophic failure.

  • Production Blog

    DTN is watching for a Ninth Circuit court ruling on a lawsuit against the Enlist Duo herbicide, with near identical claims to the recent court case that ended in the cancellation of three dicamba herbicides. (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Emily Unglesbee , DTN Staff Reporter

    The same plaintiffs that brought the recent dicamba case to the Ninth Circuit are behind a similar lawsuit targeting EPA’s registration of Enlist Duo.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Now that the comment period on CFTC's proposed rule on position limits is closed, the agency will review comments and make changes before publishing a final rule in the Federal Register. (DTN file photo)

    While the National Grain and Feed Association largely supports the CFTC's fifth attempt to create a position limits rule, its official statement on the rule offers a number of suggestions, including adding another strategy to its list of bona fide hedges.

  • South America Calling

    Most primary crop areas in Brazil have short to very short soil moisture; Mato Grosso is the exception. (USDA graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    The onset of the Southern Hemisphere dry season adds to an already-short soil moisture supply in much of Brazil's crop areas.