Blogs

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Instead of dealing with African swine fever, wildfires, drought or mandatory price reporting, the House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday was passing a resolution to recognize National Blueberry Month. Rep. Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., was among the lawmakers who questioned that logic. (image from livestream)

    The House Agriculture Committee gathered Tuesday to mark up a couple of pieces of legislation. One bill directed USDA to create a program with $500 million that gives grants to states to support state or county fairs that lose money because of COVID-19. The second bill...

  • Canada Markets

    The Canadian dollar gained 10 basis points against the U.S. dollar on Sept 21, after reaching its weakest trade in one month in the previous session. Long-term support lies at $.7759 CAD/USD, the 38.2% retracement of the move from the 2020 low to 2021 high (horizontal red line). The lower study shows investors increasing their bearish net-short position in the Canadian dollar in each of the past two weeks. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The Canadian dollar exchange with the U.S. Dollar Index (USD) neared the 2021 low on Monday, while investors continue to add to their bearish net-short position.

  • 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.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    August to September and then September to final yield changes vs. the week 36 rating (2nd week of September) for U.S. corn

  • Ag Weather Forum

    A ridge of high pressure will build over central North America next week, leading to better harvest conditions for most of the country. (Tropical Tidbits graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    An active pattern is ending for most areas this week while a more stable, drier and warmer pattern sets up for next week.

  • 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.

  • South America Calling

    There is no longer a reasonable possibility of an early start to the wet season in central Brazil, but the delays look to only be about a week from most models like the one pictured here from the European weekly run. (DTN image)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Eyes have been on the start to the wet season in central Brazil. What looked to be a possible early start last week does not look that way anymore.

  • 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.

  • Production Blog

    Seeds have their own beauty and hold immense promise. Art Director Brent Warren used common agricultural seeds to illustrate a series of stories called It Starts With Seed. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo illustration by Brent Warren and Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Gregg Hillyer , Progressive Farmer Editor-in-Chief

    Crop farming begins and ends with a seed. Within each tiny package lies a factory of possibilities. The next few weeks will feature stories all about seed, the seed industry and seed selection tips.