Blogs

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, said the group is likely to oppose the final budget reconciliation bill despite the boost in spending for conservation and research. Duvall pointed to concerns that the bill would raise taxes. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    At a luncheon for reporters, Duvall said that Farm Bureau will have to examine the final bill, but that the current version would spend a total of $3.5 trillion over 10 years and raise taxes by $2 trillion. Although the agriculture section of the bill includes attractive programs...

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Soybean crop condition change from week 23 (around the middle of June) to week 37 (the middle of September) for the top 18 soybean producing states using our usual system vs. percent change in crop ratings from week 23 to week 37

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Drought is expected to develop across the Southern Plains wheat areas during fall 2021 with a strong tie to an expected La Nina event in the Pacific Ocean. (NOAA/CPC graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    A dry fall season forecast leads to drought expectations for the entire Southern Plains and only minor drought easing in the Northern Plains.

  • Canada Markets

    September 23 trade in December European milling wheat saw a breach of retracement and psychological resistance in the EUR 250/mt range, with the next test the contract highs reached in August. The lower study shows the Dec/March inverse strengthening to a high of EUR 6/mt. (DTN ProphetX graphic)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    European milling wheat for December delivery broke higher through resistance on Sept. 23 and is nearing a test of the August contract high, the highest trade seen since 2012 on the continuous active chart.

  • South America Calling

    Scattered showers are now forecast to develop this weekend into next week across Mato Grosso and other central Brazil states this weekend into next week. (DTN image)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Models have been going through some inconsistencies with regards to precipitation in central Brazil over the last several weeks. Scattered showers moving into the region this weekend and next week may or may not "officially" start the wet season but could get producers out...

  • Production Blog

    Taking care of yourself is the first step to a successful harvest. Farm safety yields real results is the theme of this year's national farm safety week, an annual observance since 1944. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Writing and reading about farm safety may be tough reminders, but we are still losing too many farmers.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Ethanol producers have asked President Joe Biden to stand behind the Renewable Fuel Standard. (DTN file photo)

    Eighty-seven ethanol and grain companies ask President Joe Biden to stand behind the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Pictured is a field of soft white winter wheat in Washington state showing the different sizes of the plants throughout the field, making harvest difficult. Soft white winter wheat is one of three classes of winter wheat with the other two being hard red and soft red. (Photo Ron Mielke, Harrington, Washington)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    The 2021 winter wheat harvest had many weather variables this past year, ranging from delays at harvest to early harvest in some states.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Keota, Iowa, farmer Lindsay Greiner hoped for a far-above-average crop in early August when this picture was taken; but a hot end to the grain fill period and a vicious windstorm dashed his hopes. (DTN photo by Matt Wilde)

    Farmers who participated in the DTN Digital Yield Tour share their perspectives on how the corn and soybean crops have developed in the month following the tour.

  • Technically Speaking

    The chart above is a daily chart of the December Dollar Index futures showing the potential head and shoulders chart formation. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    The U.S. Dollar Index appears to possibly be forming a head and shoulders chart pattern with a potential breakout one way or the other in coming days.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    An underlying truth about China emerged from the inconclusive report on COVID-19's origins by U.S. intelligence agencies.

  • Sort & Cull

    Check with your local USDA Service Center if you have questions about whether you are eligible for pandemic aid for livestock and crops. A few program deadlines are set for October. (DTN photo by Matthew Wilde)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    USDA highlighted a few deadlines for pandemic aid. The department extended the enrollment period for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program, which pays producers for having to depopulate their herds in 2020 because of processing-capacity challenges.

  • Editors' Notebook

    In 2006, the fifth anniversary of 9/11, there was a display in Salem, Oregon, of nearly 3,000 flags representing the nearly 3,000 people who died on 9/11. People left flowers and letters to thank and remember those who died. A child left this letter in tribute to the victims. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)

    DTN Staff Reporter Russ Quinn shares his memory of 9/11 and one of the toughest assignments he ever had to do.

  • MachineryLink

    Running multiple calibration loads improves accuracy when calibrating yield monitors. Get a reading on moisture by sampling each load with a calibrated meter. Use that data when calibrating the mass flow sensor. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Here's a 10-step plan to fine-tune your combine. On the list is everything from safety procedures to chain replacements, to calibrating fan speed, yield monitors and mass flow sensors.