Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    This chart compares the good to excellent crop condition for select Alberta crops as of June 18 (blue bars) as compared to the third week of June in 2018 (brown bars) and the five-year average (grey bars). Due to limited data, approximations were used to calculate the durum condition in some years. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Alberta Agriculture's June 18 Crop Report points to continued dry conditions and detrimental effects on crop development. The driest areas remain in the furthest south region and the furthest north region, while rains since this report and a wet seven-day forecast should lead...

  • Market Matters Blog

    The DTN domestic distillers dried grains average price was higher, up $4 per ton at $141 per ton, for the week ended June 20. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was up $4 on average, at $141 per ton.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    A graphic look at global temperatures for May 2019 features many areas in red -- indicative of global warmth that was the fourth highest on record. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    A cool U.S. temperature trend in May was an outlier compared with global conditions.

  • Ethanol Blog

    A committee in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that would extend a number of biofuels tax credits. (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A three-year extension of the biodiesel blenders tax credit is one of a number of provisions in a tax package passed in the House Ways and Means committee on Thursday.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to reduce the amount of processed meats and beef eaten by New Yorkers. His agencies can curb purchases at institutions such as schools. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    New York City officials will push ahead with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to reduce beef consumption in the city despite criticism from Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Farm Bureau

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    End of May Palmer Drought Severity indices for the end of May 1993 and end of May 2019 for the top 21 corn and soybean producing states

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Farmers and ranchers would very much like lower interest rates, but there are several reasons to question the likelihood of a July cut. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The Federal Reserve is hinting at interest-rate cuts, but it wants to see more evidence of a weakening economy first.

  • Technically Speaking

    August feeder cattle prices peaked in mid-April after an extended winter and rough calving season. Since then it's been all downhill, pressured by concerns that corn supplies will tighten in 2019 and the U.S. economy appears to be slowing. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    DTN's Technical Analysis of live cattle, feeder cattle and lean hogs.

  • Machinery Chatter

    There is no end to the ways you can mix fluids in a tractor. (Photo courtesy of Steve Thompson)
    Posted

    Ask the Mechanic Steve Thompson answers questions from readers about their equipment snags -- and offers thoughts on the "perfect farm."

  • Production Blog

    A proposed new rule on how USDA will regulate genetically-modified (GM) crop traits in the future was a little too obscure for many to take notice. But its impact on agriculture could far outstrip the flashier executive order on biotechnology regulation announced this week. (DTN file photo by Pam Smith, DTN graphic)
    Posted by Emily Unglesbee , DTN Staff Reporter

    Executive orders are very photogenic. Actual regulatory rules are less so. But the latter is probably more worth your attention.

  • Harrington's Sort & Cull

    John Harrington worked for DTN from 1985 until he retired in early 2019. (DTN file photo)
    Posted

    John Harrington, well-known and respected livestock analyst for DTN and Progressive Farmer, has died at the age of 67.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    China's been trading for 3,000 years, a history that helps it take a long-term view of the trading landscape. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    As the trade negotiations with China stall, something I heard last summer sounds truer than ever: U.S. tariffs are playing into China's long-term strategy for food security.

  • Editors' Notebook

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

    Tucked into commentary renewing the U.S. EPA's support for glyphosate's safety was a surprising negative comment. Too bad it came two decades too late.

  • South America Calling

    The seven-day total precipitation forecast continues to show a pattern of favorable moisture is maintained for development of second-crop corn in Brazil (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Central Brazil continues to see a very favorable weather pattern providing moisture for second-crop corn.