Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    For the week ended Aug. 2, noncommercial traders increased their bullish net-long position in soybean oil (blue bars), soymeal futures (red bars) and soybean futures (purple bars), while modestly paring their bearish net-short position in canola futures (brown bars) for the first time in five weeks. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    CFTC data as of Aug. 2 shows noncommercial traders increasing their bullish net-long position in soybean oil, soymeal and soybean futures, while paring their bearish net-short position in canola futures.

  • Sort & Cull

    While we understand that one single week's worth of trade isn't enough to change the entire market's trajectory and put to bed lingering questions, it's at least a place to start. (DTN file photo by Joel Reichenberger)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    One of the biggest takeaways about last week's trade was it's undeniable that packers are getting through supplies faster than assumed and, even though we have a historic number of cattle on feed, the market's vigorous processing speeds have allowed feedlots to stay mostly...

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Farms could see a greater push to add solar panels their operations or lease ground to large-scale solar projects under some of the renewable energy provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act, which passed the Senate on Sunday after a marathon of amendments and votes. (DTN file photo)

    The $739 billion bill focuses on spurring renewable energy and reducing emissions, but also allows Medicare to negotiate drug rates and it increases eligibility for the Affordable Care Act. The bill has provisions tied to climate-smart agriculture and renewable energy that would...

  • Market Matters Blog

    As rail service continues to cause headaches for rail shippers, a bill was introduced to give the Surface Transportation Board greater authority over railroads and give them more power to resolve common carrier obligation complaints. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)

    The Freight Rail Shipping Fair Market Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives, which would reauthorize the Surface Transportation Board.

  • Technically Speaking

    The chart above is a daily chart of December corn, which shows range-bound trade in the past several weeks. With the USDA report scheduled to be released Friday, a break-out is possible. (DTN ProphetX chart by Dana Mantini)

    The December corn chart has given us few hints as to where it is headed. Since the first of July, the contract has been moving mostly sideways in a wide range. On Friday, the USDA August report will be released and could send corn futures one way or the other from the July...

  • Ethanol Blog

    The Inflation Reduction Act passed by the Senate on Sunday includes a number of tax incentives for biofuels. (DTN file photo)

    If the Inflation Reduction Act becomes law a number of tax incentives for biofuels infrastructure expansion are expected to provide a boost to the industry.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    End of July soybean crop ratings for the top 18 producing states and the U.S.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Tip back, or aborted corn kernel development, can be a signal of corn crop stress and an indicator of reduced yield. (DTN file photo by Pam Smith)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    Incomplete corn kernel development, or tip back, is a possibility in heat-stressed areas of the Corn Belt this season.

  • Editors' Notebook

    The Fifth Annual DTN Digital Yield Tour Powered by Gro Intelligence starts Aug. 8. (DTN graphic by Brent Warren)

    Now in its fifth year, the DTN Digital Yield Tour Powered by Gro Intelligence, which started out as an experiment to bring modern-world data and intelligence to the crop prognostication business, has turned into a highly read, and very accurate, look at how the U.S. corn and...

  • Production Blog

    This plant in Illinois turned out to be waterhemp, not Palmer amaranth. Time is ticking to rogue out problem weeds before seed set. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Grab a hoe and get to chopping if you see a pigweed on the loose.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    The small island nation of Sri Lanka has experienced an economic collapse and critics are blaming a switch to organic agriculture. (Image courtesy Google Maps)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Sri Lanka's president mandated an overnight switch to organic agriculture and crop production plummeted.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    The black lines represent the value of average-quality Indiana farmland and its cash rental rate in 2021. The red, blue and green lines show how farmland values or cash rents would need to adjust as investors expect returns that reflect higher interest rates. (Chart courtesy of Agricultural Economic Insights)

    As the Federal Reserve contemplates another interest rate hike, an economist considers the implications for farmland values and cash rents.

  • MachineryLink

    ASV Holdings is introducing its new RT-50 Posi-Track loader. The repowered RT-50 features a 53.8-horsepower Tier 4, three-cylinder turbo-charged Yanmar engine. The machine has a high tractive effort and high pushing and digging power with ASV's Posi-Power system. (Photo courtesy of ASV Holdings)

    In this Equipment Roundup, DTN/Progressive Farmer looks at Polaris recalling some of its RZR vehicles, Smart Apply expanding its presence in the U.S., ASV introducing a new loader, and manufacturers creating a new interoperability network.

  • South America Calling

    Rainfall amounts across most of South America were below normal for March through May of 2022 indicated in brown and red coloring. There was a pocket of above-normal precipitation in southern Brazil, however, indicated in blue. (Graphic made by the Climate Change Institute using ECMWF ERA5 data)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Weather during the safrinha season quickly turned from favorable to unfavorable in central Brazil, but opposite from unfavorable to favorable in southern Brazil, balancing some of the poorer conditions farther north.