Blogs

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's domestic distillers dried grains weekly spot price from available offers was $7 higher per ton on average for the week ended Dec. 3. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains moved higher this past week.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    The House Democratic Caucus on Thursday approved Rep. David Scott, R-Ga., as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Pa., was elected by Republicans to serve as ranking member on the committee. (Official congressional portraits)

    The House Democratic Caucus on Thursday approved Rep. David Scott, R-Ga., as chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Pa., was elected by Republicans to serve as ranking member on the committee.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Three-day net move from high to low vs. the three-day change in total open interest for the spot soybean contract since the beginning of the year.

  • Canada Markets

    Based on the final production estimates for 2020, supplies of Canadian canola will fall for the first time in eight years to an estimated 21.951 mmt, as seen by green bar against the primary vertical axis, while the current pace of demand could drive stocks back below 1 mmt for the first time since 2013, as seen on the secondary vertical axis. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Statistics Canada updated Canada's crop production estimates on Dec. 3, based on November producer surveys. The biggest news was the canola estimate, which was revised sharply lower from September.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    The DTN and Progressive Farmer team has put together an outstanding lineup of speakers and topics for the 2020 Ag Summit, which will be a virtual event this year. Register now and find a comfortable place to take part.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    The 2020 DTN Ag Summit will not look like this, shot at a previous DTN Ag Summit in Chicago. This year we're going virtual. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    It's amazing what these virtual-meeting technologies can do. This year's DTN Ag Summit will be virtually the same as if we were all in the same room.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    A pattern change is bringing drier conditions to much of the country during the next week, with arctic cold conditions locked up near the North Pole. Temperatures will increase early next week. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Despite a ridge-west and trough-east pattern, temperatures will increase country-wide early next week.

  • South America Calling

    The European forecast model indicates above-normal precipitation over central Brazil during the period through mid-December. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Forecasts for widespread beneficial rain in most of Brazil's soybean areas during the next 10 days will be closely watched.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Renewable Fuels Association President and Chief Executive Officer Geoff Cooper said on Monday the next administration should be allowed to draft the next Renewable Fuel Standard volumes. (DTN file photo by Todd Neeley)

    After the EPA missed the Nov. 30 deadline to finalize the new Renewable Fuel Standard volumes, the leader of the Renewable Fuels Association said the next administration should complete the rule.

  • Sort & Cull

    Continuing to monitor the marketplace through the holidays is critically important. (DTN file photo by Katie Dehlinger)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    With plenty of unknowns already developing for 2021 to answer, cattlemen and feedlots alike cannot afford to let today's opportunity pass them by.

  • Technically Speaking

    The U.S. Dollar Index is breaking out to new 2 1/2-year lows with momentum indicators remaining incredibly weak. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the U.S. Dollar Index, Bloomberg Commodity Index and Gold markets.

  • MachineryLink

    Incoming AGCO CEO Eric Hansotia begins his new duties in 2021. (DTN photo Courtesy of AGCO Corp)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Incoming AGCO CEO Eric Hansotia talks about the future and the technology goals of the world's third largest ag machinery manufacturer.

  • Production Blog

    Regardless of the whims of commodity markets, soybean farmers need to stay focused on production costs and agronomic practices to help their bottom line. (DTN photo by Matthew Wilde)
    Posted by Matt Wilde , Progressive Farmer Crops Editor

    A recent series helps farmers stay focused on production costs and profitability. The topics include fighting SCN, increasing soybean yields, early planting, outsmarting weed resistance, variable seeding rates, and giving an in-furrow boost for a good start.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Sixty percent of all corn and soybean farms have between $10,000 and $350,000 in sales, while 44% of corn and soy farms with marketing contracts fall in that class. In contrast, 10% of corn/soy farms have sales of $1 million or more, but 20% of corn/soy farms with contracts fall in that class. (Chart courtesy of USDA)

    A recent UDSA study finds midsize to large corn and soybean farms are the most likely to use futures and options, although cash contracts with local buyers are by far farmers' favorite tool to sell their grain.