Blogs

  • MachineryLink

    Equipped with an all-new John Deere PowerTech 13.6L engine, 9 Series tractors pull wider implements faster and more precisely. (Photo courtesy of John Deere)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    John Deere brings new startups into its collaborator program and wins a handful of AE50 product-engineering and design innovation awards.

  • Production Blog

    EPA has announced a new policy to fully comply with the Endangered Species Act. Here's what that means for ag pesticides, keeping in mind that the new Enlist herbicide labels may be a useful preview of future pesticide labels. (DTN photo graphic)
    Posted by Emily Unglesbee , DTN Staff Reporter

    A look into how EPA's new policy of enforcing the Endangered Species Act will affect ag pesticides moving forward.

  • Canada Markets

    November 2022 soybean futures reached a fresh contract high on Jan. 20, while easing slightly lower on Jan. 21. The continuous November chart shows a potential double-top formed in this month's trade. Resistance is also being tested at the 50% retracement of the move from the June 2021 high to the November 2021 low, calculated at $13.25 1/2/bu. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The November soybean contract reached a contract high on Jan. 20, while is running up against resistance.

  • South America Calling

    Another week of good rains across Argentina and southern Brazil will be needed to build soil moisture back for late-planted and safrinha crops. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Scattered showers started to develop in Argentina Jan. 15 and will be in the area through Jan. 27 before moving farther into Brazil and returning to a drier La Nina pattern. Will the rains be enough to undo the drought?

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains during the week ended Jan. 20 was up $2 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 up $2 on average versus one week ago.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    The University of Nebraska's Center for Agricultural Profitability held a webinar on ARC/PLC decisions for 2022. Currently, the strong commodity prices make it unlikely either program would lead to a payment, but the actual price situations for spring 2022 crops won't be finalized until fall 2023. (DTN image from webinar slide presentation)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Taking a look at the election and sign up for ARC and PLC for 2022, producers should keep in mind their selection could affect their crop insurance because producers who sign up for ARC are excluded from SCO coverage. The strong commodity prices mean prices would have to...

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Central Illinois soybean crush margin, the average seen from January 2008 to January 2022, along with the plus and minus one and two standard deviation figures.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    In the past three months, drought is worse in the U.S. Southern Plains and better in the West, Northwest, and Northern Plains. (NDMC graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    La Nina-related dryness in the Southern Plains is evident in drought changes during the past three months.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Today the divide is much less black and white, more shades of gray. (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    We've reached a turning point in the COVID-19 story, the beginning of the new normal.

  • Technically Speaking

    April lean hogs looks headed for a test of resistance at 89.65-89.675. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted

    A look at livestock futures.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Some oil pipeline projects have drawn heavy local opposition in recent years. Now, Archer Daniels Midland announced plans to collect carbon dioxide emissions from two ethanol plants in Iowa and pipe the CO2 to a sequestration site in Illinois. (DTN file photo by Rob Lagerstrom)

    Archer Daniels Midland plans to build a carbon dioxide pipeline to connect two of its ethanol plants in Iowa to a carbon sequestration site in Illinois.

  • Sort & Cull

    Before the first week of 2022 had even had a chance to pass by, we stumbled upon our first hurdle -- slower processing speeds. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)

    With an aggressive kill schedule throughout the fourth quarter of 2021, market-ready supplies of fat cattle are extremely current for the time being. But it doesn't take the market very long to see supplies back up; we all remember how painful it was to work through...

  • Minding Ag's Business

    (Filo, Getty Images, photo illustration by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    It appears farmers' cost structure will be very different in the year ahead, so much so that it's going to force deep consideration this winter of what crops to plant and how to get the best yields with reduced or limited fertilizer and chemicals.

  • Editors' Notebook

    We take our annual look at the big stories of the past year. (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    From winter derecho winds to cyber bandits, 2021 brought some unique stories to agriculture.