Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    USDA's May forecasts include an estimate for record global production of wheat for 2021-22 (blue bars), along with record consumption (brown bars), while ending stocks are forecast to increase but by a modest amount (black line). (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    USDA's first look at global wheat for 2021-22 shows a forecast for record global production along with record global use, while stocks are to increase by a slim margin.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Inflation jumped in April but the Federal Reserve thinks "one-time" increases will prove "transitory." If they don't, the Fed will come under pressure to raise rates despite its desire not to.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    First oat crop rating of each year from 1996 to 2021 along with the rating seen the last week of July vs. percent that the final oat yield of each season deviated from the 25-year trend.

  • Market Matters Blog

    It won't be until more packing capacity is added to the beef sector and employees return to work that some of the problems the industry currently faces becomes matters of the past. (Photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    The cattle industry has endured a slow deterioration of equity, leverage and profitability over the last decade, and the wrath of the creeping lion has finally cost enough producers enough money that the blatant problems lying within the market cannot be tolerated or...

  • Ag Policy Blog

    In a letter to congressional leaders, 40 agricultural groups wrote that Congress should not pass any tax bill that would change how stepped-up basis is granted to heirs. The farm groups also want to maintain Section 1031 like-kind exchanges on real estate and maintain the Section 199A qualified business income deduction. (DTN file image)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Agricultural groups are worried about President Joe Biden's proposal to eliminate stepped-up basis on inherited assets above a proposed $1 million exemption for an individual, or $2 million for married couple. While the White House has stated that protections would be created so a...

  • MachineryLink

    Unfiltered fuel from the tank and water separator must move through a plastic screen before it enters the transfer pump. It can clog easily, not allowing the transfer pump to deliver fuel to the fuel filter. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Steve Thompson)
    Posted

    Steve Thompson answers readers' questions about a fuel delivery problem, fixes a plug, and tells how a cow got wrapped in wrap.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Temperatures east of the Rockies will remain cold for much of the week, including frost risk the next few nights. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Many crop areas had beneficial rain last week. Cold weather this week will slow growth with some risk of frost damage.

  • Sort & Cull

    Feedlots have got to see one side of the market give, in order for their own numbers to work out. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    High corn prices aren't necessarily a bad thing, but when high corn prices are stacked next to historically low live cattle prices, that's when the real crisis surfaces.

  • Technically Speaking

    The chart above is a daily chart of July corn, which has now rallied $2.17 just since March 31. Momentum indicators, which are not by themselves a reason to buy or sell, continue to flash overbought conditions. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    July corn might slow its ascent for a bit, but bullish factors remain.

  • Production Blog

    Record those baby steps as the crops emerge to learn more about how to pamper the crop the following year. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Record performance of seed varieties and input decisions throughout the season to get a head start on 2022.

  • South America Calling

    Dryness has encompassed the central Brazil growing areas for the past two months. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Dry weather during the last two months is wilting the safrinha corn crop in central Brazil. There are no signals to the contrary in the forecast.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Venture capital investment in agriculture doubled to $5 billion in 2020 as investors made a number of large investments, primarily in more established companies. (Chart courtesy of Finistere Ventures)

    According to a report that tracks equity investments in startup companies, the pandemic accelerated investment in the agtech industry with the value of new deals doubling from 2019 to 2020. The largest upticks were in the animal technology, supply chain, sustainability and...

  • Ethanol Blog

    The governor of Indiana vetoed a bill that would have required E15 pumps to be labeled in the state. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed legislation that would have labeled E15 pumps in the state.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Farmers are less concerned about COVID-19 effects on their business in 2021. In 2020, more that 55% of respondents were extremely or very worried about the pandemic. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    In livestock, and in the field, untreated units are the potential habitat for continued pest and disease issues. What say we humans?