Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    Canola exports for 2021-22 (black line) are off to a slow start, with cumulative week six exports down 75% from the same week last crop year (red line) at 297,100 mt. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Over the first six weeks of the crop year, the pace of canola movement has been slow with exports well behind the forecast pace.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains during the week ended Sept. 16 was $1 lower on average versus one week ago. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was lower versus one week ago.

  • Ethanol Blog

    The National Biodiesel Board has asked for a meeting with EPA Administrator Michael Regan. (Photo courtesy National Biodiesel Board)

    The National Biodiesel Board has made a second request for a meeting with EPA Administrator Michael Regan to talk about how biodiesel could have immediate benefits to health and climate.

  • Sort & Cull

    Check with your local USDA Service Center if you have questions about whether you are eligible for pandemic aid for livestock and crops. A few program deadlines are set for October. (DTN photo by Matthew Wilde)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    USDA highlighted a few deadlines for pandemic aid. The department extended the enrollment period for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program, which pays producers for having to depopulate their herds in 2020 because of processing-capacity challenges.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The U.S. corn crop appears in general to be in similar condition at this point in the season to the record year 2017. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    The percentage of corn rated poor to very poor matches up closely with the record-yield year of 2017.

  • South America Calling

    There is no longer a reasonable possibility of an early start to the wet season in central Brazil, but the delays look to only be about a week from most models like the one pictured here from the European weekly run. (DTN image)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Eyes have been on the start to the wet season in central Brazil. What looked to be a possible early start last week does not look that way anymore.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    The North American Meat Institute on Tuesday criticized Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack for scapegoating the industry over food inflation. R-CALF later noted its antitrust lawsuit against four big packers gets to move forward alleging the packers suppressed prices to producers, but increases beef prices to consumers. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    The North American Meat Institute and the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America each issued news releases offering a separate but equal debate about the state of complaints over cattle prices and what consumers pay. NAMI was responding to Ag...

  • Technically Speaking

    Former-support turned new-resistance at the $130.00 level should be able to hold futures on any subsequent rebound attempt. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the livestock market.

  • Editors' Notebook

    In 2006, the fifth anniversary of 9/11, there was a display in Salem, Oregon, of nearly 3,000 flags representing the nearly 3,000 people who died on 9/11. People left flowers and letters to thank and remember those who died. A child left this letter in tribute to the victims. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)

    DTN Staff Reporter Russ Quinn shares his memory of 9/11 and one of the toughest assignments he ever had to do.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    During the last 20 years, tributes have been done in memory of 9/11. In Salem, Oregon in 2006, almost 3,000 flags on display marked every person who had died from the attacks; some flags had the names of all the victims. (Photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The 20th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon is a time for national reflection.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    One observation is that corn really loves cool temperatures and even in states with good summer rains, one wonders whether the elevated readings capped yield potential.

  • MachineryLink

    Running multiple calibration loads improves accuracy when calibrating yield monitors. Get a reading on moisture by sampling each load with a calibrated meter. Use that data when calibrating the mass flow sensor. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Here's a 10-step plan to fine-tune your combine. On the list is everything from safety procedures to chain replacements, to calibrating fan speed, yield monitors and mass flow sensors.

  • Production Blog

    Seeds have their own beauty and hold immense promise. Art Director Brent Warren used common agricultural seeds to illustrate a series of stories called It Starts With Seed. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo illustration by Brent Warren and Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Gregg Hillyer , Progressive Farmer Editor-in-Chief

    Crop farming begins and ends with a seed. Within each tiny package lies a factory of possibilities. The next few weeks will feature stories all about seed, the seed industry and seed selection tips.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    As non-land costs go up for corn producers, they'll be left with a much thinner profit outlook than corn prices might suggest. (DTN/Progressive file photo by Matthew Wilde)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    Six-dollar corn is expensive to grow.