Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    Saskatchewan Agriculture estimates seeding of the major crops to be 73% complete as of May 20, which compares to 70% estimated for the same period in 2018 and the five-year average of 59.4%. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Seeding in Saskatchewan is estimated at 73% complete, ahead of last year and well-ahead of the average pace as of May 20. Cool and dry conditions have slowed emergence.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The U.S. model (right) shows the strong trough centered west of where the European model (left) has it predicted. The difference is that the U.S. model would hold the below-normal temperatures across the Canadian Prairies longer than the European model would. (Penn State Meteorology graphic)
    Posted by Joel Burgio , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    The forecast suggests that the pattern of favorable weather for planting in the Prairies region will continue during the next 10 days. However, stress is likely to build on developing crops due to a lack of significant rain outside of a few local areas.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Crude oil and oil products futures were posting massive losses Thursday morning.

  • Machinery Chatter

    Tony Douglas, manager of AgriVision Equipment Group's Lenox, Iowa, location, is providing field demonstrations of John Deere's new N542C grain drill to customers before the air seeder goes into production in June. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Matthew Wilde)
    Posted

    Growers plant soybeans with one of a handful of limited-build production air seeders geared to increase efficiency.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    History of U.S. soybean plantings as of May 19 vs. % deviation from 1980-2018 yield and % change in planted acreage from end of March intentions report to final production numbers

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Farm groups on Monday expressed some relief that Canada and Mexico followed suit on Monday and dropped retaliatory tariffs against U.S. farm products.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Heavy rains caused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to open the Bonnet Carre spillway for a second time this year. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District)

    For most of 2019, inclement weather has disrupted barge traffic along the Mississippi, Ohio and Arkansas rivers. This has caused year-to-date grain barge tonnages through the locking portions of the rivers to fall below the three-year average and last year, according to...

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Payments designed to offset the impact of the trade war with China made up 37% of the average Kansas farmer's income in 2018, but questions about the parameters of 2019's program complicate decision making amid this year's wet planting season. (DTN File Photo)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    In 2018, 37% of Kansas farmers' income came from Market Facilitation Program payments. As the trade conflict with China escalates, rather than resolves, farmers are left to wonder whether the government will intervene again and what form that will take.

  • Technically Speaking

    July lean hog futures have produced a clear bullish divergence in momentum as price continued to make new lows while the stochastic measure of momentum turned higher. This divergence would be confirmed with trade above the May 10 corrective highs at $97.22.
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    DTN's weekly analyst of the livestock markets.

  • Production Blog

    The road to planting this season has been winding and filled with uncertainties, but take care not to let it overwhelm you. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Lots of questions remain about this crop season.

  • An Urban's Rural View

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    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Imposing punitive tariffs on China, and getting punitive tariffs imposed on us in return, will inflict pain on the U.S. economy and especially on farmers and ranchers.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Tucked into commentary renewing the U.S. EPA's support for glyphosate's safety was a surprising negative comment. Too bad it came two decades too late.

  • 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.

  • 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.