Blogs

  • 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."

  • Canada Markets

    December oats reached a fresh contract high on Friday, while this continuous December chart shows an uptrend since the fall of 2016. Resistance lies at $2.95/bushel, a 50% retracement of a long-term downtrend, while the $3/bu. level will act as psychological resistance. The first study shows noncommercial traders holding the largest net-short position since June 2013 as of June 6 data, while the lower study shows a bullish inverse in the September/December spread. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    December oats reached a contract high on Friday, while balance sheets continue to reflect a tight situation for oats in 2019-20, jeopardized even further by uncertainty surrounding yield potential.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The DTN domestic distillers dried grains average price was up $4 at $137 per ton for the week ended June 13. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was up $4 on average, at $137 per ton.

  • 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.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Unionized employees at ERS and NIFA turn their backs on Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue as he talks about moving the agencies to Kansas City, Mo.
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told employees of the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture today that if they want to stay with their agencies, they must make a decision shortly about whether to take the assignment in the Kansas...

  • 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.

  • Technically Speaking

    Spot ethanol prices have either completed a three wave, and therefore corrective sequence, or they are corrective wave four ahead of a fresh round of new highs as the wave is completed. (DTN Prophetx graph)
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    A technical look at weekly charts of crude oil, natural gas and ethanol.

  • 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.