Blogs

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    For agriculture, it beats the status quo; for American business, it falls way short.

  • Canada Markets

    As of week 18, or the week ending Dec. 8, Canada's dry pea exports are reported at 1.107 million metric tons, up 49.1% from the same period last crop year and only 5.5% below the five-year average of 1.172 mmt for this period. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The Canadian Grain Commission's week 18 cumulative dry pea exports are reported 49.1% higher than this time last year. At the same time, Statistics Canada revised lower their estimate for production this month, setting the stage for a potential tight supply situation by...

  • Market Matters Blog

    The DTN domestic distillers dried grains weekly spot price was up $1 at $145 per ton on average for the week ended Dec. 12. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was up $1 at $145 per ton versus one week ago.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue said the rules USDA must follow to hire people in agencies such as FSA means it can take as long as six months to fill a position.
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the rules USDA has to follow hiring Farm Service Agency offices is making it hard to fill positions at local USDA service centers.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Southern Minnesota had almost a full month with no planting in 2019 because of heavy rain. (Photo by Sam Ziegler)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Wet conditions at both planting and harvest led to an example of sub-par 2019 corn yield.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Percent change in combined Brazilian-Argentine soybean production from the December to June WASDE report and the percent change in November soybean futures from December 1 to July 1 for that marketing year.

  • Sort & Cull

    Ranchers have been going through their busiest time of the season, shipping calves, as they prepare for the long, cold winter ahead. (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Is $1 higher on last week's weighted average prices good, bad or indifferent?

  • Technically Speaking

    The $31.59 corrective high in December soybean oil is now arguably the most important technical level in this market. A break of that level would render the prior price action from recent highs as corrective. (DTN chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the grain markets.

  • Production Blog

    Producers with Federal Crop Insurance and standing crops can request more time to harvest, but a Dec. 10 deadline looms to qualify. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Crops standing in the field have another deadline -- this one involves crop insurance.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Refiners and biodiesel companies alike are pushing for a renewal of the blenders tax credit yet this year. (Photo by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A refining company launched a new digital advertising campaign launched in Washington, D.C., to convince lawmakers to approve a renewal of the biodiesel blenders tax credit.

  • South America Calling

    Cattle on feed at an Iowa feedyard. At least one cattlemen's group has asked Treasury Department officials to review the purchase of National Beef Co. by Brazilian packer Marfrig Global Foods. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

    The U.S. Cattlemen's Association wants the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. to look into the purchase of National Beef by Brazil's Marfrig Global Foods.

  • Editors' Notebook

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    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    While this holiday is usually one for reflection, it has your Editor looking forward, with anticipation of our 2019 DTN Ag Summit.

  • 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.

  • 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.