Blogs

  • Technically Speaking

    After a volatile summer of higher corn prices, the technical indicator of 3-month volatility is now falling as it typically does this time of year for corn. It is a good seasonal reminder to reduce expectations for a directional move the next couple months (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at weekly charts of spot corn, soybeans and KC wheat futures.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Six United States senators are asking President Donald Trump to stick to an agreement on accounting for small-refinery exemptions in the Renewable Fuel Standard. (White House photo by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A group of Midwest senators ask President Donald Trump to uphold a biofuels agreement on small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • Production Blog

    Each week Scott Wallis and Ashley Andersen reported on current field conditions and life on the farm. (DTN photos by Pamela Smith and Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    It takes some special folks to open their homes, the fields and their hearts. Let's give them a hearty thanks.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The DTN domestic distillers dried grains weekly spot price was $2 higher on average at $143 per ton for the week ended Nov. 14. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was higher at $143 per ton.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Seasonal SX/CZ ratio studies suggest further increases in soybean price relative to corn

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Lawmakers expressed concern to the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission about the shortage of propane in the Midwest. They asked for FERC to ensure propane keeps moving to the Midwest to help farmers dry wet corn. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Members of Congress on Thursday wrote the chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking to alert the commission to the need for a continued supply of propane to Midwest states.

  • Canada Markets

    Saskatchewan Agriculture's weekly Market Trends price data shows hard red spring wheat, durum and canola prices stuck in sideways, range-bound trade. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Cash bids reported by the Saskatchewan government for wheat, durum and canola continue sideways, while producer deliveries remain at above average levels across the Prairies. In the case of canola, commercial stocks are well above average as of week 13.

  • South America Calling

    Nestor Forster Jr., Brazil's Charge of Affairs in Washington, D.C., or top diplomat, was among speakers at a conference Wednesday who defended the country's environmental policies and criticized those who raised concerns about fires and deforestation of the Amazon rainforest. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton and image by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    At a conference in downtown Washington, D.C., Brazilian agribusiness groups sought to shift the narrative by highlighting "sustainable food" and a "science-based model" for agriculture. They also strongly criticized the view that fires in the Amazon continue to happen because of...

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Variable temperatures over the next week may bring some better conditions for late harvest. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Cold conditions in the past week, along with high moisture levels of corn and soybeans, maintain slow harvest progress in the Midwest and Northern Plains.

  • MachineryLink

    Deere said limited X9 combines will be available for demonstration during the 2020 harvest season. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Joel Reichenberger)
    Posted by Joel Reichenberger , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    John Deere's new X9 combine had an increase in capacity and efficiency. With its matching draper, the combine is designed for difficult small grain and high-moisture corn harvesting conditions.

  • Editors' Notebook

    According to a recent survey by the United Soybean Board, 60% of farmers say they don't have adequate internet connectivity to perform necessary business tasks. (Getty Images photo)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Progress has been painfully slow to make data-driven farming a reality. Here are some of the challenges, along with why we need more solutions to expand and improve internet connectivity in rural areas.

  • Sort & Cull

    Five replicas of livestock-themed stone medallions now preside over the circa-1913 University of Illinois Stock Pavilion. Some originals are pictured below. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    The University of Illinois would like to find their stone dairy cows and pig. Here's the backstory on these historical figures.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Generous European Union farm subsidies help entrench Eastern Europe's increasingly autocratic rulers.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Good leaders use a metaphorical telescope to create and implement a vision of what they want their business to grow into over the long term. (Photo courtesy of Tobias Lindman, CC BY 2.0)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    It's hard to maintain a positive outlook with the trade war, tough growing season, thin profit margins, etc., but it's worth the effort. Research shows positive leadership is a competitive advantage.