Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    This chart highlights the change in the crop condition index for most of Saskatchewan's major crops from May 31 (blue bars) to June 14 (red bars), while compared to the five-year average for mid-June (green bars). (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Rainfall received over the past week across the province is viewed as favorable for crop development for almost all crops, given the government's most recent crop condition estimates.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Agriculture and biofuels groups asked the Biden administration to reject efforts by oil refining companies to seek relief from the Renewable Fuel Standard. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A number of biofuels and agriculture groups asked the Biden administration on Thursday to reject claims by oil refiners that they need relief from the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • South America Calling

    Soil moisture across the main growing regions in Argentina are quite good as winter wheat planting gets into full swing. (USDA FAS image)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Despite little shower activity during recent weeks, soil moisture for developing winter wheat has remained quite good in Argentina and portions of southern Brazil.

  • Production Blog

    Wild parsnip looks like a yellow version of Queen Anne's Lace or wild carrot, but the sap within can cause burns to skin as my family found out. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    When my husband's eyes nearly swelled shut, I went on the hunt for the reason and found out about a common weed worry.

  • Editors' Notebook

    One of the ideas sent in by a reader was how to turn a junked forklift into an equipment- and supply-lifting system that could help lift equipment off the shop floor. (DTN/Progressive Farmer graphic)
    Posted by Elaine Shein , Associate Managing Editor

    Recently the Handy Devices feature from Progressive Farmer won a prestigious award. Find out more about the award, as well as how you might win some cash for your own ideas for the next Handy Devices we publish.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Jen Sorenson, president of the National Pork Producers Council, speaking last week at a press conference during the World Pork Expo. Sorenson testified Tuesday in a congressional hearing about challenges facing agricultural exporters with delays at shipping ports.  (DTN image by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    West Coast port problems are limiting the potential for exports of pork and other products, according to testimony Tuesday at a House Transportation Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee hearing.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Isolated showers are expected with a front through June 20. Scattered showers move across the northern tier over the weekend and into next week. Tropical moisture will move into the Gulf Coast this weekend and into next week. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Hot and mostly dry conditions for the first half of June will reverse with a system moving through this coming weekend. The storm that brings the changes may lead to some widespread rainfall to the Corn Belt.

  • Sort & Cull

    The market will be glued to watching how these cattle sell in regard to price. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    More than anything, cattlemen are looking for a sense of what the market could be in the weeks to come. Dealing with unfavorable prices is one thing, dealing with drought and high feed prices is another, but if one can lessen the chances of being blindsided by more challenges...

  • Market Matters Blog

    Lock and Dam 4 in Alma, Wisconsin, was dewatered after the end of the 2020 navigation season. Major winter maintenance like this occurs about every 20 years and includes concrete repairs, sandblasting and repainting the miter gates and updating the bubbler system used to prevent ice buildup within the lock chamber. (Photo courtesy of the USACE St. Paul District)

    As the government works on a new infrastructure bill, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to repair and maintain the aging locks and dams on the U.S. river system.

  • Technically Speaking

    Until Friday's close on June 11, 2021, spot prices of Malaysian palm oil had been trending higher since June 2020. Should soybean oil bulls be nervous? (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    Vegetable oil prices have been trending higher together since June 2020. That is starting to change.

  • MachineryLink

    A careless moment with a chainsaw made this cut in Dan Miller's chaps. Without them, that cut could have been fatal. (DTN photo by Brent Warren)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    With storms comes the sound of running chainsaws. They are a great tool for clearing downed trees. But misused, they can be more dangerous than the storm itself.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Combined good and excellent ratings reported in the initial USDA weekly crop ratings for soybeans vs. percent the final U.S. soybean yield deviated from the 30-year trend.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Should mankind strive to render the entire mosquito family extinct, worldwide? (Illustration by Nick Scalise, photo by theglobalpanorama, CC BY-SA 2.0)

    Using genetic engineering, scientists are moving close to being able to eliminate a scourge to mankind. Should they?

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Land values are picking up steam, and if you're considering selling, doing estate planning or getting a divorce, it might be time to have your property's value professionally assessed. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico, photo illustration by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    Suspecting the market has gone higher doesn't mean you need an appraisal, but if you're looking to sell a piece of property, it might. If you're doing estate planning, refinancing or getting a divorce, an appraisal is probably necessary.