Blogs

  • Machinery Chatter

    Matt Danner plants the same hybrid across several farms in dozens of different moisture levels, different heat units, planting dates and elevations. He wants clean data, free of garbage -- he wants information that tells him five things about that hybrid in those varied conditions that he can put to profitable use next year. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Agriculture in 2019 America is about data. But yield is not an end goal in data farming. Profit per acre and replication of outcome is the brass ring.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Current indications are the weather pattern for the Midwest could turn wetter over the weekend and next week. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    There's been some improvement in field conditions in the Midwest during the past seven days.

  • Canada Markets

    The bars on this chart represent the percent change in seeded acres of selected Canadian crops based on pre-report estimates released by media. There is consensus that canola acres will fall between 1.4% and 15%, while pre-report estimates support an increase in flax and oat acres. The ranges for other crops show vary. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The range of pre-report trade estimates for Canadian seeded acres of selected crops are combined for two media polls, providing an idea of what is expected ahead of Wednesday's Statistics Canada report. Consensus points to lower canola acres, higher flax and oat acres, while...

  • South America Calling

    The seven-day total precipitation forecast continues to show a pattern of favorable moisture is maintained for development of second-crop corn in Brazil (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Central Brazil continues to see a very favorable weather pattern providing moisture for second-crop corn.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    A Japanese consumer examines barcoded meat. Trade deals with Pacific countries and Europe now put U.S. farmers at a tariff disadvantage selling into Japan as the U.S. just began bilateral talks. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    On Monday, 90 groups and agribusinesses wrote U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer asking him to quickly get moving on a U.S.-Japan trade agreement because U.S. agriculture is now at greater risk of losing market share to the European Union and the countries included in...

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Part of keeping employees engaged is having the right tools and resources so employees can perform their jobs and conduct in-the-moment repairs. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo)
    Posted by Lori Culler , DTN Farm Business Adviser

    Here are five practices you can implement with relatively low cost and investment of time to help keep an employee engaged.

  • Technically Speaking

    DTN's index of cash corn prices is holding fairly firm in spite of heavy selling from managed futures funds (green line), now holding their largest net-short position on record of 326,887 contracts. This puts funds in a vulnerable predicament as corn prices are fundamentally cheap, with the uncertainty of a new season ahead. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at weekly charts of DTN national indices for corn, soybeans and HRW wheat.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Plant-based offerings from companies such as Beyond Meat are aimed squarely at carnivores, the heart of the cattle guys' market. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    In which we explain why campaigning for laws banning plant-based products from being called "meat" is not the optimal strategy for cattle raisers.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The DTN domestic distillers dried grains average price was 5 cents weaker at $134 per ton for the week ended April 18. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was lower on average at $134 per ton.

  • Production Blog

    A FieldWatch sign alerts pesticide applicators to tomatoes in an Indiana field. Farmers and spray applicators also have access to an online registry to identify sensitive crops as more growers seek protection from dicamba injury. (Photos by Pamela Smith)

    Pesticide applicators have a responsibility to check field registry services under current dicamba labels, but that means farmers must take steps to register.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    10, 20 and 30-year trends and 2019 projection

  • Harrington's Sort & Cull

    Posted by John Harrington , DTN Livestock Analyst

    John Harrington gives his thoughts on what could have become of former Vice President Joe Biden had he gone a different route as a young lad.

  • Editors' Notebook

    On Earth Day, April 22, 2018 the snow had melted and the ground was finally perfect for planting corn for the Haag family in rural Orient, Iowa. This photo was submitted to the DTN/Progressive Farmer's #MyPlanting18 photo contest by Gingi Haag and ended up winning the Editor's Pick award. (Gingi Haag photo)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    DTN/Progressive Farmer is continuing its tradition, for a third year in a row, of having a photo contest to document and share the trials and the successes of this critical, historical, planting season.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Companion bills in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate would extend the biodiesel blenders tax credit that has been expired for about one year.