Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    December oat futures reached a fresh contract high on Wednesday. Stochastic momentum indicators on the first study shows that indicators have yet to reach overbought territory, signaling the potential for upside. The lower study shows futures spreads over the crop year are inverted. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The December, March and May oat contracts reached contract highs on Nov. 20, while futures spreads point to a bullish inverse. A great deal may be riding on Statistics Canada's Dec. 6 production estimates.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Ten, twenty and thirty year seasonal of soybean oil's share of soybean crush value basis Central Illinois along with the 2019 values.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Between 1900 and 2000, world population quadrupled but global grain production rose by five times and global industrial output by 40 times. This line of combines, harvesting a crop in Mato Grosso in Brazil, is an example of how much ag technology has changed. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    If we're talking about the period from the rise of agriculture to 1700, Thomas Robert Malthus was actually right about the inability of food production to keep up with population growth. It's the modern era he was wrong about.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Bitter cold Nov. 10-16, which led to more than 1,000 new low temperature records, continued to disrupt corn harvest. (Midwest Climate Center graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Poor drying conditions, along with difficulty in procuring fuel for grain dryers, continue to impede the harvest in the Midwest and Northern Plains.

  • South America Calling

    South America is projected to have beneficial, fairly widespread moderate to heavy rain to Nov. 25, according to DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist, Bryce Anderson. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    The weather forecast projects much of South America to be well-watered by the end of December.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Immigration reform in agriculture is a long-standing issue in Congress. The last major bipartisan push was in 2013 as part of a comprehensive bill. The Farm Workforce Modernization Act was introduced in Congress last month with bipartisan support. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    More than 300 farm groups sent a letter Monday to House leaders demonstrating their support for the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill set for a markup Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Curt Knutson, sugarbeet grower in Fisher, Minnesota, said the last of his sugarbeets became cattle feed as harvest ended due to frozen beets unable to be processed. (Photo by Curt Knutson)

    Sugarbeet growers in eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota had to leave frozen beets unable to be harvested in the ground, with some losing a significant amount of their 2019 crop.

  • Technically Speaking

    After a volatile summer of higher corn prices, the technical indicator of 3-month volatility is now falling as it typically does this time of year for corn. It is a good seasonal reminder to reduce expectations for a directional move the next couple months (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at weekly charts of spot corn, soybeans and KC wheat futures.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Six United States senators are asking President Donald Trump to stick to an agreement on accounting for small-refinery exemptions in the Renewable Fuel Standard. (White House photo by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A group of Midwest senators ask President Donald Trump to uphold a biofuels agreement on small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • Production Blog

    Each week Scott Wallis and Ashley Andersen reported on current field conditions and life on the farm. (DTN photos by Pamela Smith and Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    It takes some special folks to open their homes, the fields and their hearts. Let's give them a hearty thanks.

  • MachineryLink

    Deere said limited X9 combines will be available for demonstration during the 2020 harvest season. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Joel Reichenberger)
    Posted by Joel Reichenberger , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    John Deere's new X9 combine had an increase in capacity and efficiency. With its matching draper, the combine is designed for difficult small grain and high-moisture corn harvesting conditions.

  • Editors' Notebook

    According to a recent survey by the United Soybean Board, 60% of farmers say they don't have adequate internet connectivity to perform necessary business tasks. (Getty Images photo)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Progress has been painfully slow to make data-driven farming a reality. Here are some of the challenges, along with why we need more solutions to expand and improve internet connectivity in rural areas.

  • Sort & Cull

    Five replicas of livestock-themed stone medallions now preside over the circa-1913 University of Illinois Stock Pavilion. Some originals are pictured below. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    The University of Illinois would like to find their stone dairy cows and pig. Here's the backstory on these historical figures.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Good leaders use a metaphorical telescope to create and implement a vision of what they want their business to grow into over the long term. (Photo courtesy of Tobias Lindman, CC BY 2.0)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    It's hard to maintain a positive outlook with the trade war, tough growing season, thin profit margins, etc., but it's worth the effort. Research shows positive leadership is a competitive advantage.