Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    Winter conditions are contributing to the weak performance seen by Canada's two railways. (DTN file photo by Mary Kennedy)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    While the demand for grain shipping is under pressure, the railways struggle to improve performance.

  • MachineryLink

    Commercial farmers and small landowners purchased 360,000 tractors and combines in 2021. (DTN photo courtesy of AGCO/Fendt)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Despite supply chain challenges for tires, electronics and computer chips, farm equipment manufacturers pushed 360,000 tractors and combines out the factory door in 2021. Sales rose at least 10% and much more in some equipment categories.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    EPA's Farm, Ranch and Rural Communities Advisory Committee issued a final report on recommendations for agency rules over the next few years. The group called on EPA to follow precedent and stick to regulating navigable waters. The group also stated EPA should provide clear policy positions for farmers and ranchers as well. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    In a news release Friday, NCBA highlighted the group supports an EPA advisory committee's position on WOTUS, as well as ecosystem management systems, pesticide management, food loss and food waste. NCBA stated, These recommendations focus on the need for clear, consistent...

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains during the week ended Jan. 13 was up $3 on average versus one week ago. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was up $3 on average versus one week ago.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    2021 brought $20 billion or higher weather-related disasters to the U.S. (NOAA/NCEI graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    The cost of extreme weather events in the past year was more than the entire U.S. net farm income total.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    2021 soybean yield percent deviation from 20-year trend vs. the percent change of final 2021 yields compared to the 2020 yields and the percent change in the USDA's 2021 yield estimates from the August 2021 to the final report for the top 18 growing states and the US.

  • South America Calling

    Rains are set to return across Argentina and southern Brazil during the next 10 days. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    After weeks of hot and dry conditions that have caused crop conditions to steadily decline, widespread heavy showers are forecast for about a week across Argentina and Southern Brazil.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Some oil pipeline projects have drawn heavy local opposition in recent years. Now, Archer Daniels Midland announced plans to collect carbon dioxide emissions from two ethanol plants in Iowa and pipe the CO2 to a sequestration site in Illinois. (DTN file photo by Rob Lagerstrom)

    Archer Daniels Midland plans to build a carbon dioxide pipeline to connect two of its ethanol plants in Iowa to a carbon sequestration site in Illinois.

  • Sort & Cull

    Before the first week of 2022 had even had a chance to pass by, we stumbled upon our first hurdle -- slower processing speeds. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)

    With an aggressive kill schedule throughout the fourth quarter of 2021, market-ready supplies of fat cattle are extremely current for the time being. But it doesn't take the market very long to see supplies back up; we all remember how painful it was to work through...

  • An Urban's Rural View

    The two symbols created by USDA for food labels use the word bioengineering or bioengineered so they avoid the negative connotations associated with GMO. (DTN graphic by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    In 2016, Congress thought it was resolving the heated disputes over labeling food with genetically engineered ingredients. Fat chance.

  • Technically Speaking

    The chart above is a daily chart of March Minneapolis wheat, which shows a market that is severely oversold and has a Japanese candlestick reversal chart pattern called a "doji." A major level of support is just below Friday's daily low. (DTN ProphetX chart by Dana Mantini)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    Minneapolis wheat futures likely overdone to the downside, due for a bounce.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    (Filo, Getty Images, photo illustration by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    It appears farmers' cost structure will be very different in the year ahead, so much so that it's going to force deep consideration this winter of what crops to plant and how to get the best yields with reduced or limited fertilizer and chemicals.

  • Editors' Notebook

    We take our annual look at the big stories of the past year. (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    From winter derecho winds to cyber bandits, 2021 brought some unique stories to agriculture.

  • Production Blog

    Take care of your sprayer and it will take care of plenty of jobs around the farm. It's time to winterize and inspect it before putting it away for winter. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    The most used piece of equipment on the farm needs some TLC now before it is time to spray again.