Blogs

  • MachineryLink

    To fix an alignment problem, try to pin one side of the bucket first. This will allow the free cylinder to extend or retract by itself since less pressure is needed to move it in or out than the one hooked to the bucket. (DTN photo by Steve Thompson)
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    Ask the Mechanic's columnist Steve Thompson tells you the best way to align the cylinders on a front-end loader and why it's not a good idea to run a tractor without a battery.

  • South America Calling

    Very few areas have received anything close to normal precipitation during the last three months and corn has had constant weather challenges this season. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Myriad weather challenges has filled out the second season (safrinha) corn crop from start to end. As more of the damaged crop is harvested, producers in Brazil will likely welcome the end of the season and prepare for the new soybean season.

  • Canada Markets

    It's a day-to-day situation for Canada's two major railways as the Province of British Columbia declares a provincial state of emergency due to wildfires. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Improvements have been seen in rail movement of grain to the West Cost, although both railways remain on alert as British Columbia declares a state of emergency due to wildfires. Experts say this situation could last six to seven more weeks.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    The Biden administration will spend $100 million to boost COVID-19 vaccine outreach efforts in rural areas, especially in states with vaccination rates below the national average. A driver goes through a COVID vaccination in Texas earlier this year (DTN photo by Elaine Thomas)

    Administration medical experts continue to stress that people who have been vaccinated are protected from the rapidly spreading Delta variant of COVID-19, but people who are unvaccinated have a much greater risk of contracting the Delta variant and ending up hospitalized.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The Pacific Ocean Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) 30-day average reached the La Nina threshold July 10 and has steadily strengthened in the last two weeks. (Queensland Government, Australia graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    A move to strongly positive by the atmosphere portion of ENSO may indicate stressful crop conditions during late summer.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    The pandemic dampened travel for several months but now as more people take to the air again, airline tickets have also soared. Other goods and services are also expected to rise. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Despite back-to-back months of 5% increases in consumer prices, the Federal Reserve isn't hurrying to raise interest rates.

  • Ethanol Blog

    The head of the Renewable Fuels Association told an EPA official the group intends to ask for a rehearing on the E15 ruling by a federal appeals court. (DTN file photo)

    Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Geoff Cooper said his group plans to ask the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for a rehearing of an E15 case that has thrown year-round sales into question.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Week 27 (mid-July) crop ratings for the U.S and the top 18 growing states and the 20 year average vs. how 2021 week 27 rating ranks over the past 20 years

  • Sort & Cull

    The lull of summertime has belittled live cattle and cash cattle markets. (DTN photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    With packers sitting on supplies for at least a month out, someone must ask "when will packers need cattle?" and "when will the cash cattle market be able to demand higher prices again?"

  • Market Matters Blog

    Food prices are already high, but drought in the Northern Plains and western U.S. could influence even higher prices and less availability of some of the food staples made with grains currently failing in some severe drought areas. (DTN photos by Mary Kennedy)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    The year 2020 will be remembered for the pandemic, but also for the extreme hoarding of toilet paper that went on as states went into lockdown.

  • Technically Speaking

    The chart above is a monthly continuation chart of Minneapolis wheat, reflecting the front or spot futures month. The next level of chart resistance would have to go back to the major drought year of 2012. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    We have run out of chart resistance on Minneapolis September wheat. One must go back to a monthly continuation chart to see where we can go next.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    DTN's recent special series called Keep the Good Times Rolling explored ways farmers can take advantage of strong corn and soybean prices to set their businesses up for success when the price cycle turns lower. (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    While few farmers consider drought or knee-muck to be good times, from a revenue perspective, this year presents the best opportunity for profits in nearly a decade. Here are the top suggestions from a recent DTN series on ways farmers can capitalize on current markets...

  • Editors' Notebook

    Treatments now cover a majority of planted seed. That's leading to a number of unintended consequences. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Frank discussions about difficult subjects are never fun, but in the case of the looming issues around seed treatments, it's time to talk.

  • Production Blog

    If you want to see if soybean cyst nematode resistance is holding up in the varieties you planted, look for females feeding on roots. They look like small white pin dots and are much smaller than regular nodules. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    The SCN Coalition says that soybean fields infested with soybean cyst nematode (SCN) are at increased risk of sudden death syndrome (SDS).