Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    The blue bars represent the commercial stocks of major crops instore licensed facilities as of week 42, while compared to the same week in 2020-21 (brown bars) and the three-year average (grey bars). (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    This study looks at week 42 commercial stocks of select crops to compare to recent years. In addition, we look where the stocks of major crops are situated as we enter the final 20% of the crop year.

  • MachineryLink

    Deere has bought visioning tech from AI-startup Light that will be important to Deere's plans for an autonomous cropping system. (Photo courtesy of John Deere)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Deere will add its newly purchased visioning tech platform to the fully autonomous cropping system -- tillage, planting, spraying, harvest -- it plans to build by 2030.

  • South America Calling

    Normalized Difference Vegetative Index (NDVI) can indicate vegetative health. The overall image on the left indicates some brighter green patches in central Brazil (poor health). The image on the right indicates that the lack of "greenness" is well-below normal for this time of year. (USDA graphics)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Drought has been plaguing central Brazil's second-season (safrinha) corn crop for the last several weeks. With much of the crop headed toward maturity, time is running out for rainfall to provide any relief.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains for the week ended May 27 was $10 lower on average versus one week ago. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was $10 lower on average versus one week ago.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    In a U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on Thursday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told senators the Justice Department did not consult him or USDA on a court brief in a case over how Monsanto/Bayer AG should label glyphosate after a California state law required that the herbicide be labeled as carcinogenic. EPA does not require Bayer AG to use such language on its labeling of the herbicide.

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday the Justice Department did not consult him on a brief filed by the Solicitor General in an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court by Bayer AG over a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on how Roundup should be labeled. California law...

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George sees challenges ahead for attempts to fight inflation. (Photo courtesy of Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank)

    Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George said there are unique economic challenges as the Fed attempts to bring inflation back to its 2% target.

  • 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 2022 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

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The dry bed of the Arkansas River near Cimarron, Kansas illustrates the continued drop in western Kansas water supply. (Photo by Max McCoy)

    Failure of a proposed groundwater management bill in Kansas shows the difficulty of coming to grips with a declining resource.

  • Ethanol Blog

    POET will invest $30 million to reopen an ethanol plant in Cloverdale, Indiana, that the company had idled in 2019. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    POET will invest $30 million to reopen an ethanol plant in Cloverdale, Indiana, that the company had idled in 2019.

  • Sort & Cull

    There are a lot of unknowns that today's market must manage -- the 2022 grain crop, the war in Ukraine, drought, hay prices and consumer demand, but even with these challenging factors the severe culling of the nation's beef herd will influence prices this upcoming fall and well into 2023. (Photo by Body Kidwell)

    Obvious concerns of rising input costs and a wavering economy have cattlemen of all sorts holding their breath, but export demand has continued to be stellar. Given how drastically beef cows have been liquidated, the drop in production, via marketable calves to sell, is going to...

  • Production Blog

    Soybean cyst nematodes, whose tiny white egg masses are shown above, have outsmarted many SCN-resistant soybeans, but a Bt soybean trait from BASF could offer growers a new mode of action -- if they can wait until the end of the decade. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)

    BASF is on track to commercialize a Bt soybean trait targeting SCN by the end of the decade.

  • Technically Speaking

    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    Speculator selling briefly took July hogs below $100, but it looks like packer demand responded quickly to help prices regain support.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    The labor force participation rate, which has been declining slowly for decades, plummeted during the early months of COVID and is still below pre-pandemic levels. (Graph courtesy U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Demand for labor is strong, but the labor force participation rate still hasn't returned to where it was before the pandemic. Should the boomers be blamed?

  • Editors' Notebook

    Ukraine's farmers will begin to harvest their winter wheat crop in June, but there is uncertainty on whether the country will be able to export grain out of the country. (File photo by Kavardakova)
    Posted by Elaine Shein , Associate Managing Editor

    During an international video meeting of agricultural journalists this week, a Ukrainian ag journalist gave a glimpse of some of the challenges farmers as well as journalists are facing in his country after the Russian invasion.