Blogs

  • Production Blog

    Producers with Federal Crop Insurance and standing crops can request more time to harvest, but a Dec. 10 deadline looms to qualify. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Crops standing in the field have another deadline -- this one involves crop insurance.

  • Canada Markets

    This chart highlights the year-over-year change in Canada's forecast production for selected crops, from 2018-19 to 2019-20, based on the November estimates released on Dec. 6. Statistics Canada asked for producers' best estimate of what has or will be harvested. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Statistics Canada released its November production estimates on Dec. 6, although harvest will continue into spring in many areas of the country, adding to uncertainty.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The DTN domestic distillers dried grains weekly average spot price was up $1 at $144 per ton for the week ended Dec. 5. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was up $1 at $144 per ton.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Japan's Diet, it's upper legislature, has approved a new trade deal that will boost U.S. agricultural exports. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    Japan's upper legislative body, the Diet, has approved the U.S.-Japan trade agreement that President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed recently, and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and farm leaders praised the decision.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Refiners and biodiesel companies alike are pushing for a renewal of the blenders tax credit yet this year. (Photo by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A refining company launched a new digital advertising campaign launched in Washington, D.C., to convince lawmakers to approve a renewal of the biodiesel blenders tax credit.

  • South America Calling

    Cattle on feed at an Iowa feedyard. At least one cattlemen's group has asked Treasury Department officials to review the purchase of National Beef Co. by Brazilian packer Marfrig Global Foods. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

    The U.S. Cattlemen's Association wants the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. to look into the purchase of National Beef by Brazil's Marfrig Global Foods.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    While some areas have seen improvement in soil moisture compared to a year ago, soil moisture in the Southern Plains area is lower as of Nov. 26, 2019 compared to Nov. 27, 2018 according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. (National Drought Mitigation Center maps)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Based on current progress, the region leaving the most corn in the fields will be North Dakota where 64% remains in the field followed by South Dakota at 20%.

  • Sort & Cull

    Usually this time of year sees a depressed cash cattle market, but the markets have rallied $2 to $4, depending on the region. (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Cattlemen have seen some pleasant surprises with cash market prices during the holiday season.

  • Technically Speaking

    The weekly chart above shows while March Chicago wheat prices have been trading roughly sideways since 2017, net positions among commercials and noncommercials have been diminishing in size and were roughly neutral before the latest rally (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at weekly charts of March Chicago, KC and Minneapolis wheat futures.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The U.S. and China are at odds over the protests in Hong Kong. If China cracks down, U.S.-China trade could be among the casualties.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    New crop November soybean/December corn ratio the day before Thanksgiving on the right hand axis vs. the change in both corn and soybean acreage from the final planted figure the prior year to the following March planting intentions figure on the left hand axis.

  • Editors' Notebook

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

    While this holiday is usually one for reflection, it has your Editor looking forward, with anticipation of our 2019 DTN Ag Summit.

  • 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.

  • 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.