Blogs

  • Sort & Cull

    In order for the market's underlying issues to be addressed, it's going to take unwavering commitment from producers all across the nation to stand up and demand something be done. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    The market hasn't only deteriorated in the sense that prices are lower for cow-calf producers and feedlots, but also in the sense that the market is losing its voice, its leverage and has even questioned its own trajectory.

  • MachineryLink

    CNH says its purchase of Raven expands its capabilities in precision ag and autonomous farming operations. Shown here is Raven's OMNiDRIVE. It allows farmers to monitor and operate a driverless tractor and grain cart from the cab of a harvester. (Photo courtesy of Raven Industries)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    CNH Industries grabbed new real estate Monday among the globe's largest ag tech leaders with its purchase of precision ag and autonomy innovator Raven Industries.

  • Canada Markets

    The blue bars represent Alberta Agriculture's good-to-excellent ratings for select crops as of June 15, which are compared to the mid-June ratings for 2020 (brown bars) and the five-year average (green bars). (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Alberta's crop condition estimates were reported above both the five- and 10-year averages as of June 15, while soil moisture estimates are seen declining.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Along with a subcommittee hearing on renewable energy on Tuesday, the full Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday looking at challenges with cattle markets. Senators will have several bills to discuss involving livestock markets and the market concentration of meatpackers. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    The Senate Agriculture Committee has a subcommittee hearing on Tuesday morning looking at renewable energy opportunities in rural America. A separate hearing by the full committee on Wednesday will examine some of the challenges facing livestock producers right now.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The photo on the left is in Polk County, Minnesota, which has seen very little rain since it was planted in the spring. The photo on the right is spring wheat that was planted late March/early April on 2020 sunflower ground in the worst of the drought area in western North Dakota. (Photo on the left by Tim Dufault Crookston, Minnesota; photo on the right by Paul Anderson Coleharbor, North Dakota)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    Spring wheat farmers in the upper Northern Plains have been battling drought all year and it has taken its toll on the new spring wheat crop.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    In the first six months of this fiscal year Chinese purchases of U.S. ag products rose 197%. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    There's more and more talk of "decoupling" -- relying less on China for some high-tech and other products -- even as U.S. agriculture recouples.

  • Technically Speaking

    August Lean Hogs are nearing support at the 61.8% retracement of the mid-April through early-June rally at $104.375 to $104.900. (DTN ProphetX Chart by Tregg Cronin)
    Posted

    Unlike the cattle markets, there is no debate on lean hog futures as to whether the top is in.

  • Production Blog

    This field north of Sullivan, Illinois, endured some damage after a storm swept through and rain and winds flattened the crop. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Checking in on corn after the wind requires some patience and waiting to see if it will stand back up.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    A rain shower is passing by this field without a drop. (DTN photo by Pam Smith)

    Why does it seem that sometimes rain is spotty and other times more widespread? Here are some analogies to help you visualize some of the reasons why.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    U.S. spring wheat ratings as of the middle of June (week 23) and end of July (week 30) vs. the percent that July and final yields deviate from 1986-2020 trend of final yields

  • Ethanol Blog

    Agriculture and biofuels groups asked the Biden administration to reject efforts by oil refining companies to seek relief from the Renewable Fuel Standard. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A number of biofuels and agriculture groups asked the Biden administration on Thursday to reject claims by oil refiners that they need relief from the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • South America Calling

    Soil moisture across the main growing regions in Argentina are quite good as winter wheat planting gets into full swing. (USDA FAS image)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Despite little shower activity during recent weeks, soil moisture for developing winter wheat has remained quite good in Argentina and portions of southern Brazil.

  • Editors' Notebook

    One of the ideas sent in by a reader was how to turn a junked forklift into an equipment- and supply-lifting system that could help lift equipment off the shop floor. (DTN/Progressive Farmer graphic)
    Posted by Elaine Shein , Associate Managing Editor

    Recently the Handy Devices feature from Progressive Farmer won a prestigious award. Find out more about the award, as well as how you might win some cash for your own ideas for the next Handy Devices we publish.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Land values are picking up steam, and if you're considering selling, doing estate planning or getting a divorce, it might be time to have your property's value professionally assessed. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico, photo illustration by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    Suspecting the market has gone higher doesn't mean you need an appraisal, but if you're looking to sell a piece of property, it might. If you're doing estate planning, refinancing or getting a divorce, an appraisal is probably necessary.