Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    Statistics Canada reported a record canola crush of 931,060 metric tons in October, up 5.5% from October 2019 and 10% higher than the three-year average for the month. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Statistics Canada reports a record monthly volume of canola crushed in October while the Canadian Canola Board Margin Index continues to support an active crush.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    A stormy end of November is in store for the southern and eastern U.S. with a strong polar vortex locking cold Arctic air near the North Pole. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    No bitter cold is indicated through the end of November across the U.S.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The chart above reflects a daily chart of May 2021 corn futures and depicts the fence (range of cash marketing prices possible) using the hypothetical fence strategy situation. This reflects the true value as it appeared on Nov. 23. (DTN ProphetX chart by Dana Mantini)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    A "fence" strategy could help farmers take advantage of some of the uncertainty during the next few months but still allows some protection to the downside and a shot at higher prices.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, has been receiving backing from unions and some progressive groups to be considered for Agriculture secretary under the Biden administration. (Photo from official congressional portrait)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    In a letter to President-elect Joe Biden, three unions said Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio has been an advocate for all workers, including meat processing workers and fought attempts to increase the line speeds in meat plants.

  • Sort & Cull

    As most cattlemen head into their slower months, now would be a great time to meticulously analyze the cattle market, beef industry and your own operation. (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Soon we will prepare for tax season and print off those profit/loss summaries and expense sheets that can been brutally painful. However, instead of avoiding them, it's time to dive into the fine details and see where changes can be made.

  • Technically Speaking

    Even though the U.S. and world economy both face a new wave of rising coronavirus infections, financial markets are showing no significant concerns to date, helped by the Federal Reserve's commitment to keep interest rates near zero (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at U.S. stocks, interest rates and the U.S. Dollar Index.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Testing for COVID-19 has been increasing across the country. By this time two years from now, there's a very good chance life will be back to something like normal, thanks to vaccines being developed to deal with the coronavirus. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Maybe with an end in sight we'll overcome our pandemic fatigue and take the precautions necessary to get through the winter.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    USDA U.S. soybean yield revisions from October to November and then the November to the final report of the year in January in bpa vs. the percent per bushel/acre (bpa) change from October to November

  • 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.

  • South America Calling

    Southern Brazil and Argentina stay dry in updated climate agency forecasts through the December-to-February period -- a classic La Nina impact. (IRI graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    A prominent climate forecast agency calls for continued dryness in South America and in the U.S. Southern Plains due to La Nina.

  • MachineryLink

    Sales of tractors and combines have returned to the black after a tough spring. (Photo courtesy of Association of Equipment Manufacturers)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Equipment manufacturers report strong tractor and combine sales and a strong recovery from the early, dark days of COVID-19.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Pacific Ethanol announced it is selling grain-handling facilities at its Magic Valley, Idaho, ethanol plant. (Photo by Rocky Ormiston)

    California-based Pacific Ethanol Inc., sold its grain-handling facilities at an ethanol plant in Idaho.

  • 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.

  • Editors' Notebook

    An aerial view of DTN's new office building in west Omaha, Nebraska. (DTN photo)
    Posted by Russ Quinn , DTN Staff Reporter

    DTN Staff Reporter Russ Quinn writes that the location where DTN has now moved its office to in Omaha is the place where he used to walk beans.