Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    The October canola crush was reported at 876,127 mt, the largest in six months (blue bar). This is compared to the 2020-21 crush pace (brown bar) and the three-year average (black line). The current pace is above the steady pace needed to reach the current 8.5 mmt AAFC forecast (green line), after this forecast was recently revised higher by 1 mmt. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Canada's October canola crush was the highest achieved in six months, while the cumulative pace of activity early in the crop year is well ahead of the current forecast pace.

  • 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.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Some major biofuel and agricultural groups wrote key lawmakers on Monday highlighting their support for the agricultural and biofuel provisions of the Build Back Better Act. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Growth Energy, the National Biodiesel Board, the National Corn Growers, the National Farmers Union, and the Renewable Fuels Association on Monday announced their support for provisions and agricultural portions of the Build Back Better Act.

  • Sort & Cull

    During the past month, the market has wins throughout the cash cattle market in terms of price levels reached and volumes sold, as well as in the processing sector as slaughter speeds have been extremely aggressive. (DTN photo by Joel Reichenberger)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    These days, it's almost costly to not keep an eye on the horizon and try to be one step ahead of anything that's to come. But in doing so, cattlemen have at times overlooked the importance of the cash cattle market which negatively serves all involved.

  • Technically Speaking

    February cattle prices broke new highs earlier this year and are pushing near their highest level in five years as packers start to show increased interest. After five months of declining cash hog prices, February hogs are holding support, still in an uptrend (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    For U.S. cattle producers, it's been a long time since they've been paid for their work. Compared to last year's pandemic-depressed prices, this Thanksgiving brings much-needed bullish encouragement.

  • 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.