Blogs

  • Ag Policy Blog

    USDA's Whitten Building in Washington, D.C. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue is pushing to move the Economic Research Service to Kansas City, Mo., as a way to cut the agency's staff in half. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    The union representing employees from the Economic Research Service cited that roughly two-thirds of more than 200 employees being reassigned from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City, Mo., won't go. That is exactly what USDA leaders want and what the Trump administration...

  • Canada Markets

    This chart compares 2018 seeded acres (blue bars) to the March intentions (brown bars) and the June preliminary estimates (grey bars) released on June 26 for selected crops. Since the March report, the largest changes resulted in a lower revision in acres to be seeded to spring wheat, durum and canola, while upward revisions were made to the planted area for barley, oats, peas and lentils. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Statistics Canada released its June preliminary estimates of Canada's seeded acres on June 26. We look at these estimates, compared to pre-report estimates along with implications for 2019-20 stocks.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Initial USDA weekly crop ratings for soybeans compared to the percent that final U.S. soybean yield deviated from the 25-year trend

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Rainfall of 8 to 15 inches the past 30 days in the eastern Midwest has resulted in much acreage loss along with very low crop ratings. (NOAA graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Planting rates and crop conditions are at history-challenging low points following extremely heavy rain since mid-May.

  • Machinery Chatter

    AGCO Corporation has released its next-generation telemetry product it has named AGCO Connect. (Photo courtesy of AGCO)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    AGCO Corporation is rolling out AGCO Connect, a telemetry application that will allow row-crop managers and their dealers to remotely monitor equipment performance and field operations.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Spraying spring wheat in northwest Minnesota. (Photo by Tim Dufault, Crookston, Minnesota)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    U.S. planted spring wheat acres are expected to be lower than original intentions due to poor weather and final plant dates affecting how many acres went in.

  • Technically Speaking

    The weekly chart of the most active contract of soybeans above shows a strong move in both price and momentum, neither of which are showing signs of slowing or diverging on this time scale. If this is indeed wave one, the soybean move could still be in the very early stages. (DTN ProphetX Chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the grain markets.

  • Ethanol Blog

    A committee in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that would extend a number of biofuels tax credits. (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A three-year extension of the biodiesel blenders tax credit is one of a number of provisions in a tax package passed in the House Ways and Means committee on Thursday.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Farmers and ranchers would very much like lower interest rates, but there are several reasons to question the likelihood of a July cut. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The Federal Reserve is hinting at interest-rate cuts, but it wants to see more evidence of a weakening economy first.

  • 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.

  • Harrington's Sort & Cull

    John Harrington worked for DTN from 1985 until he retired in early 2019. (DTN file photo)
    Posted

    John Harrington, well-known and respected livestock analyst for DTN and Progressive Farmer, has died at the age of 67.

  • 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.