Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's June supply and demand estimates point to a downward revision for all principal field crop stocks combined for 2018-19 and 2019-20, although the four major crops shown -- barley, canola, peas and wheat (excluding durum) continue to show a year-over-year increase in ending stocks forecast for 2019-20. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's June supply and demand revisions would indicate that 2019-20 ending stocks for all principal field crops will grow by 1.9 million metric tons, down from 2.9 mmt estimated last month. Four major crops are forecast to see stocks increase from...

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    U.S. trading partners at the World Trade Organization have some questions about how USDA intends to implement disaster aid and the next round of Market Facilitation Program payments.

  • Market Matters Blog

    This graph shows the negative effect that flooding has had on barge movements on the Mississippi River moving through Locks 27 in Granite City Illinois. Those locks, also known as the Chain of Rocks Lock, are the last locks barges transit through on the Mississippi River heading to St. Louis. (Graph courtesy of the USDA's June 13 Grain Transportation Report)

    While water is beginning to recede in some areas along the Mississippi River and tributaries, transportation woes continue.

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

  • Ethanol Blog

    Bills have been introduced in both chambers of Congress to provide more transparency to the small refinery waivers program at EPA. (DTN file photo)

    Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate on Friday attempts to provide more transparency to the small refinery waivers process at EPA.

  • 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.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Uneven corn development in Montgomery County, Illinois, is typical of the impact of heavy rain and generally cool temperatures so far in the 2019 crop year. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    No change to the wet central U.S. trend is indicated in the next 10 to 14 days.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Cumulative precipitation for the first five months of the year for the top 21 corn and soybean growing states

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Plant-based meat's niche in the market is likely to grow, but will it grow enough to justify Beyond Meat's meteoric stock price? (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Wall Street falls in love with an unprofitable maker of plant-based meat substitutes, valuing it more than an established processor of real meat with real profits.

  • Harrington's Sort & Cull

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