Blogs

  • Ethanol Blog

    POET will invest $30 million to reopen an ethanol plant in Cloverdale, Indiana, that the company had idled in 2019. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    POET will invest $30 million to reopen an ethanol plant in Cloverdale, Indiana, that the company had idled in 2019.

  • Canada Markets

    Based on AAFC's May supply and demand estimates, the first two bars represent the volume of exports and domestic disappearance required each week over the balance of the crop year to reach the most recent demand forecast. The second two bars represent the actual demand in week 41, while the final two bars represent the 4-week (week 38 to week 41) average. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    AAFC's May supply and demand estimates included a lower revision for both canola exports and crush, while the cumulative pace of movement shows both are ahead of the pace needed to reach the previous month's estimates.

  • Sort & Cull

    There are a lot of unknowns that today's market must manage -- the 2022 grain crop, the war in Ukraine, drought, hay prices and consumer demand, but even with these challenging factors the severe culling of the nation's beef herd will influence prices this upcoming fall and well into 2023. (Photo by Body Kidwell)

    Obvious concerns of rising input costs and a wavering economy have cattlemen of all sorts holding their breath, but export demand has continued to be stellar. Given how drastically beef cows have been liquidated, the drop in production, via marketable calves to sell, is going to...

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The precipitation forecast from May 24 to May 27 is calling for mostly dry conditions in the Northern Plains. That period may allow for some rapid planting progress in an area that is well behind this spring. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    North Dakota and the surrounding areas that extend into Canada have been very wet this spring, forcing delays in spring planting. A drier stretch of weather may get planters rolling a little faster this week, but the window will not stay open long.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    On Tuesday, USDA Rural Development put out a news release about $770 million for 154 investments in rural business in 36 states and Puerto Rico. A big chunk of the funding, more than one quarter of all the loan guarantee funds, went to buy, refinance, construct or remodel...

  • Production Blog

    Soybean cyst nematodes, whose tiny white egg masses are shown above, have outsmarted many SCN-resistant soybeans, but a Bt soybean trait from BASF could offer growers a new mode of action -- if they can wait until the end of the decade. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    BASF is on track to commercialize a Bt soybean trait targeting SCN by the end of the decade.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Nonstop rain and overland flooding in parts of North Dakota and Minnesota are dampening the hopes of farmers wanting to get all their intended wheat, durum and other crops planted.

  • Technically Speaking

    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    Speculator selling briefly took July hogs below $100, but it looks like packer demand responded quickly to help prices regain support.

  • MachineryLink

    The used equipment market has been on a tear for two years. Used tractor prices are up 50%. But then, new equipment prices show no sign of easing either. Prices rose more than 11% last year and will keep on going up in 2022 and 2023. (Photo courtesy of Massey Ferguson)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    It's been a tough 2022 for U.S. farmers in the market for equipment. Farm equipment prices -- new and used -- are only going up while supplies are going down.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    The labor force participation rate, which has been declining slowly for decades, plummeted during the early months of COVID and is still below pre-pandemic levels. (Graph courtesy U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Demand for labor is strong, but the labor force participation rate still hasn't returned to where it was before the pandemic. Should the boomers be blamed?

  • South America Calling

    Temperatures are likely to fall below 3 Celsius (37 Fahrenheit) marked in yellow for May 20, representing the best risk for frost conditions in a cold pattern this week. (National Institute of Meteorology graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Southern Brazil has escaped the greatest risk of frost this week thanks to cloud cover and elevated winds. Skies clear out and calm down for Friday and Saturday, which may still bring morning frost to portions of southern Brazil's safrinha corn crop.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Long-term CME soybean meal/corn ratio on per ton basis with average and plus and minus one and two standard deviations from January 1990 to the present.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Agricultural loan volumes surged in the first quarter of 2022 primarily due to increased lending to help farmers cover their operating expenses. (Graphic courtesy of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City)

    A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City finds that a record number of operating loans surpassed $1 million in the first quarter of 2022, reflecting soaring prices for inputs.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Ukraine's farmers will begin to harvest their winter wheat crop in June, but there is uncertainty on whether the country will be able to export grain out of the country. (File photo by Kavardakova)
    Posted by Elaine Shein , Associate Managing Editor

    During an international video meeting of agricultural journalists this week, a Ukrainian ag journalist gave a glimpse of some of the challenges farmers as well as journalists are facing in his country after the Russian invasion.