Blogs

  • Ag Policy Blog

    The country's largest packers will be required to provide USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) details about cattle contracts and the terms of those sales. That information will be posted on the cattle contract library without personal or proprietary information. (DTN file photo by Boyd Kidwell)

    The cattle contract library will require any meatpacker that processes more than 5% of the annual cattle supply to report to AMS the details on fed cattle buys at the end of each month. Producers will be able to see the terms of cattle buys, including premiums or...

  • Canada Markets

    Statistics Canada reported 209,027 mt of soybeans shipped to China in October, the largest monthly volume shipped to China since December 2018. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Statistics Canada reports exports in the farm, fishing and intermediate food products reached a record $5.5 billion in October. This study looks at the October trade in select grains and grain products.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Biofuels groups asked the IRS to focus on accurate carbon scores in drafting a rule for the new clean fuel production credit. (Photo by David Boeke (CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Biofuels groups tell the IRS to adopt the Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory's GREET greenhouse gas lifecycle emissions model in a proposed rule for a new clean fuel production tax credit created by the Inflation Reduction Act.

  • Sort & Cull

    Feeder cattle prices have jumped sharply higher with the onset of cheaper corn prices. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    We know that prices are expected to be higher for both feeder cattle and fat cattle in 2023, as the industry simply doesn't have as many cattle as in years past. But with the onset of higher inputs, and higher interest rates, will the higher profits be enough to ensure a...

  • MachineryLink

    Monarch Tractor begins full production of its electric smart tractor at its Livermore, California, production facility. (Image courtesy of Monarch Tractor)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Monarch Tractor sells its first half-dozen Founder Series MK-V, electric, driver-optional smart tractors to Constellation Brands, a major wine and spirits producer.

  • Market Matters Blog

    According to the USGC 2022-23 Corn Harvest report, despite growing season challenges, the U.S. still produced a corn crop with high grain quality and a supply that will enable it to remain the world's leading corn exporter. (Photo by Leah Pottinger Photography, New Haven Kentucky)

    USGC noted in their annual corn harvest report that there is an abundant amount of good quality corn entering the market from the 2022 U.S. crop.

  • Technically Speaking

    The chart above is a daily chart of March corn, which appears to show a solid breakout below the lower boundary of a three-week long trading range. Friday's close was well under the 100-day moving average, and momentum indicators are suggesting further weakness ahead. (DTN ProphetX chart by Dana Mantini)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    As wheat has melted down and corn export sales remain dismal, corn futures appear to have convincingly broken out to the downside after trading in a 30-cent range in the past 16 days. The next target for March appears to be the open chart gap at $6.38 with solid support...

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Eastern and southeastern Australia have only limited rainfall in the 15-day forecast from the European forecast model. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    Easing of heavy moisture inflow from the Indian and Pacific Oceans into eastern Australia has been favorable for improving wheat harvest conditions.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Chart by Joel Karlin, DTN Contributing Analyst

    Wheat was the weakest member of the CME ag complex in November and winter wheat is entering dormancy in about the worst shape ever for U.S. winter wheat.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    One of the easiest ways to slow climate change and protect biodiversity is to not build roads through large intact forests, a new book argues.
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    A new book makes a compelling case for preserving the world's big five megaforests and 2,000 intact forest landscapes.

  • South America Calling

    Some areas of Argentina will go up to 11 degrees Celsius (20 degrees Fahrenheit) above normal next week, with temperature rising into the 40s Celsius (mid-100s Fahrenheit). (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    A heatwave coming to Argentina next week will result in significant soil moisture losses and heat stress for developing corn and soybeans.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Mark your calendar and register soon for our virtual DTN Ag Summit. DTN subscribers attend free. (DTN image by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    The 2022 DTN Ag Summit is all virtual, so there's no reason to miss out on the industry's premier farm-focused business conference.

  • Production Blog

    What characteristics define a high-quality soybean? Certainly, color plays a role in distinguishing wild soy (Glycine soja), left, from a domesticated, commercial soybean variety (Glycine max). (DTN photo by Jason Jenkins)
    Posted by Jason Jenkins , DTN Crops Editor

    An increasing number of soybeans have failed to certify as U.S. No. 1 Yellow Soybean the past two years, but is that enough reason to justify changing the standards? Not if the U.S. wants to lose its soybean identity.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Learn strategies to help conquer the chaos at our all-virtual DTN Ag Summit on Dec. 12-13. (DTN image by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Gregg Hillyer , Progressive Farmer Editor-in-Chief

    Virtual conference will provide insights on important ag topics, from carbon programs and farm legislation to supply chain challenges and commodity market analysis.