Blogs

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Dean Foods fell victim to a combination of declining fluid milk sales, pension obligations and rising competition from big retailers including Kroger, Albertson???s and Walmart establishing their own milk processing plants. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    Dean Foods said it had lined up about $850 million in bankruptcy financing to continue operating while it arranges a deal. The dairy processor has fallen victim to several changes in the dairy industry.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Variable temperatures over the next week may bring some better conditions for late harvest. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Cold conditions in the past week, along with high moisture levels of corn and soybeans, maintain slow harvest progress in the Midwest and Northern Plains.

  • Canada Markets

    DTN's most recent poll asked readers if they would prefer the standard visual test for milling wheat over a falling number test as a means of generating the highest returns. The largest responses were split between the two methods (DTN graphic).
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    DTN's 360 polls gives readers the ability to share their thoughts on a variety of issues affecting the industry. Here is a summary of results obtained in recent polls.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Corn does not appear to have any friends as output not seen coming down much from prior projections, exports are abysmal, corn fed per GCAU continues to decline and the end of the ethanol boom. Speaking of food-seed-industrial usage it is not only corn used for fuel alcohol...

  • MachineryLink

    Deere said limited X9 combines will be available for demonstration during the 2020 harvest season. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Joel Reichenberger)
    Posted by Joel Reichenberger , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    John Deere's new X9 combine had an increase in capacity and efficiency. With its matching draper, the combine is designed for difficult small grain and high-moisture corn harvesting conditions.

  • Editors' Notebook

    According to a recent survey by the United Soybean Board, 60% of farmers say they don't have adequate internet connectivity to perform necessary business tasks. (Getty Images photo)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Progress has been painfully slow to make data-driven farming a reality. Here are some of the challenges, along with why we need more solutions to expand and improve internet connectivity in rural areas.

  • Market Matters Blog

    On Nov. 5, AgriSource consultant Keith Gehring told DTN this corn in Lee County, Iowa still had 20% to 23% moisture and had not dried down much in the past three weeks. The field was planted June 6. (Photo courtesy of Keith Gehring)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    It has been a challenging fall for many farmers who are experiencing a late harvest with the added headache of having to dry wet corn for storage.

  • Sort & Cull

    Five replicas of livestock-themed stone medallions now preside over the circa-1913 University of Illinois Stock Pavilion. Some originals are pictured below. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    The University of Illinois would like to find their stone dairy cows and pig. Here's the backstory on these historical figures.

  • Technically Speaking

    December soybean oil has put forth an impressive rally, but slowing and diverging momentum in recent sessions is worth watching if price cannot make new highs.
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the soy complex.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Generous European Union farm subsidies help entrench Eastern Europe's increasingly autocratic rulers.

  • Production Blog

    Pulling fall fertility samples? It's also the perfect time to test for soybean cyst nematode issues. (DTN photo by Bob Elbert)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Flooding is one of the many ways soybean cyst nematode can spread from field to field.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Good leaders use a metaphorical telescope to create and implement a vision of what they want their business to grow into over the long term. (Photo courtesy of Tobias Lindman, CC BY 2.0)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    It's hard to maintain a positive outlook with the trade war, tough growing season, thin profit margins, etc., but it's worth the effort. Research shows positive leadership is a competitive advantage.

  • Ethanol Blog

    About 60 agriculture and biofuels groups asked President Donald Trump to fix the small-refinery exemption proposal from the EPA. (Photo by Todd Neeley)

    A group of about 60 agriculture and biofuels interest groups have written a letter to President Donald Trump, pointing out concerns they have with the small-refinery exemptions proposal.

  • South America Calling

    Combines roll during soybean harvest in Mato Grosso, Brazil, last February. As fires rage in the Amazon rainforest, Cargill Inc., a major soybean buyer in Brazil, is under fire as groups claim Cargill and other agribusinesses drive deforestation in Brazil. Cargill sees a distinction between rainforest and Cerrado lands in parts of the country. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

    Cargill, the largest private company in the U.S., is increasingly under pressure for its sourcing of soybeans and other agricultural commodities in Brazil. At least one environmental group has branded Cargill the "worst company on the planet" after Cargill came out and said it...