Blogs

  • Production Blog

    Counting kernels is one way to get an idea of how yields stack up this year. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Some simple formulas can help determine how corn and soybean yields are stacking up this year.

  • Canada Markets

    The blue bars represent the fall price correction seen in Nov canola futures over the last five years, mostly in the August-Sept period, while the grey bars represent this correction for Dec MGEX spring wheat, in U.S. dollars per metric ton against the primary vertical axis. The lines with markers represent the number of days from the high to the low for each commodity for each year, measured against the secondary vertical axis. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    As we near a period of seasonal weakness for spring-seeded crops, we look at the historical losses in both spring wheat and canola futures over the past five years from August to September, as well as how long it took to reach these lows.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's domestic distillers dried grains weekly spot price from available offers was $3 higher on average for the week ended Aug. 13. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was higher this week.

  • MachineryLink

    Fendt is bringing for the first time to North America two new tracked tractors, the 900 Vario MT and 1100 Vario MT. The 1100 Vario MT is shown here. (Photo courtesy of AGCO Corporation)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Fendt is rolling out a new combine, its first high-horsepower North American tracked tractors and two other tractors with the manufacturer's FendtOne machinery management interface.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    California Sen. Kamala Harris, now running for vice president on the Democratic presidential ticket, talked about dietary guidelines and reducing red meat at a CNN event last fall. Vice President Mike Pence called out those comments in a speech on Thursday in Iowa. (DTN image from CNN video)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Sen. Kamala Harris drew some fire on Thursday from Vice President Mike Pence for comments she made last year recommending that Americans cut red meat consumption because of environmental concerns.

  • Editors' Notebook

    High winds affected a widening swath of farm country, according to this image created from DTN wind data. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Using wind speed maps and predicted production data, Gro Intelligence and DTN are beginning to examine the effect of the recent derecho on corn and soybean production, from both a local and a national perspective.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The pattern will allow for thunderstorms to develop in the Plains and move into the western Midwest through the end of the week, followed by a front this weekend. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Northern Plains and Western Midwest areas have favored rainfall prospects over the next week.

  • Ethanol Blog

    With the possibility of Brazil expanding tariffs on imports of ethanol from the United States, the Renewable Fuels Association has asked the U.S. trade representative to make it happen.

  • Sort & Cull

    The 5-area weekly steer average chart gives a quick overview of market direction and price movement in cash cattle. The ability to compare prices to the 3-year average is helpful in following seasonal trends.
    Posted by Rick Kment , DTN Analyst

    This past year has seen unprecedented market swings and changes through the cattle industry, making it uncertain just how closely seasonal trends should be followed. Even though markets remain volatile, a look back may indicate market movement in the coming weeks and...

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Are the seeds allegedly from China a modern-day trojan horse or a marketing ploy? (Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo's The Procession of the Trojan Horse into Troy, Public Domain)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Those unrequested envelopes of seeds from China are the modern-day equivalent of the Trojan Horse.

  • Technically Speaking

    November soybeans broke below key trend-line support last week with follow-through selling this week. (DTN Prophetx chart)
    Posted

    This is DTN's weekly analysis of the grain markets.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    End of July ratings for each of the top 18 soybean producing states and the U.S. for this year, last year and then the 1986-2020 average.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Now that the comment period on CFTC's proposed rule on position limits is closed, the agency will review comments and make changes before publishing a final rule in the Federal Register. (DTN file photo)

    While the National Grain and Feed Association largely supports the CFTC's fifth attempt to create a position limits rule, its official statement on the rule offers a number of suggestions, including adding another strategy to its list of bona fide hedges.

  • South America Calling

    Most primary crop areas in Brazil have short to very short soil moisture; Mato Grosso is the exception. (USDA graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    The onset of the Southern Hemisphere dry season adds to an already-short soil moisture supply in much of Brazil's crop areas.