Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    CN train cutting through central Illinois near Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    Both the U.S. Surface Transportation Board and United States Department of Justice have said CN should be prohibited from using a voting trust for their merger attempt.

  • Market Matters Blog

    CN train cutting through central Illinois near Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    Both the U.S. Surface Transportation Board and United States Department of Justice have said CN should be prohibited from using a voting trust for their merger attempt.

  • Sort & Cull

    Producers are culling extensively on their existing cowherds as profitability is becoming harder to attain. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    While we focus on the matter at hand (fed cattle and feeder cattle prices), we cannot forget to keep close tabs on the nation's cows and monitor their herd trajectory.

  • MachineryLink

    Ask the Mechanic columnist Steve Thompson asked readers how they get rid of wire-damaging mice in their equipment. They had great ideas. (Getty Images photo)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Ask our readers how to build a better mouse trap and they'll tell you. Progressive Farmer's Ask The Mechanic Steve Thompson shares 18 great ideas his readers sent him.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    U.S. corn planted area for each of the top 18 producing states for four time slots (2000, 2010, 2020 and the 3/31/2021 planting intention figures) vs. the end of April Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) for 2020 and 2021.

  • Technically Speaking

    September contracts of corn and soybeans on China's Dalian exchange continue to trend gradually higher, showing no sign of breaking lower yet. China has begun buying new-crop corn from the U.S. and is buying large amounts of soybeans from China. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    Expensive corn and soybean prices in China show no sign of faltering yet, even as China starts to buy new-crop corn from the U.S.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The IRI updated seasonal forecasts have normal to above-normal rainfall for the June-through-August stretch in much of the Midwest. (International Research Institute for Climate and Society graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Neutral Pacific Ocean temperatures are now indicated in long-range forecasts through late northern hemisphere summer.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Poet LLC is in talks to purchase all ethanol assets from Flint Hills Resources. (DTN file photo by Tom Dodge)

    The nation's largest ethanol producer Poet LLC may be close to reaching a deal to purchase all ethanol assets from Kansas-based Flint Hills Resources.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    An interstate bridge and railroad bridge across the Missouri River. The interstate bridge shutdown on the Mississippi River between Arkansas and Tennessee is one more reminder that roads and bridges are aging and in need of upgrade around the country. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    The I-40 shutdown here adds just another element in the infrastructure debate happening right now in Washington, D.C. President Joe Biden was expected to meet again Thursday with Republican lawmakers on his roughly $2 trillion plan. Biden also will apparently talk to them about...

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Cash rents increased by an average of 7.7%, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. While the state breakdowns show no change in Montana and a big jump in Wisconsin, economists say it's because there are fewer respondents and therefore more volatile data in those states. (Map courtesy of Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)

    Bankers see higher incomes, crop prices driving an improved economic outlook for the agricultural sector, and as a result, farmland values and cash rental rates are on the rise.

  • South America Calling

    Other than northern and western Mato Grosso, soil moisture across Brazil safrinha corn areas is severely lacking (USDA graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Soil moisture continues to decline in Brazil safrinha corn areas ahead of pollination.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Inflation jumped in April but the Federal Reserve thinks "one-time" increases will prove "transitory." If they don't, the Fed will come under pressure to raise rates despite its desire not to.

  • Production Blog

    Record those baby steps as the crops emerge to learn more about how to pamper the crop the following year. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Record performance of seed varieties and input decisions throughout the season to get a head start on 2022.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Farmers are less concerned about COVID-19 effects on their business in 2021. In 2020, more that 55% of respondents were extremely or very worried about the pandemic. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    In livestock, and in the field, untreated units are the potential habitat for continued pest and disease issues. What say we humans?