Blogs

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains for the week ended Aug. 11 was $2 higher 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 $2 higher versus one week ago.

  • Canada Markets

    The bars on this chart represent the forecast for rapeseed production (blue bars), exports (brown bars) and ending stocks (grey bars) for Russia in 2022-23, along with the past 10 years. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    While media is reporting that Russia is considering removing a ban on rapeseed exports from eastern growing regions into Asian countries, current USDA estimates do not indicate a threat in 2022-23.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The U.S. forecast model calls for Pacific Ocean temperatures to stay at cool La Nina values through the end of 2022. (NOAA graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    Southern Plains wheat areas have minimal drought relief indicated in the fall forecast.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    More electric charging stations, such as these in rural Oklahoma, will likely be built with incentives in the Inflation Reduction Act for consumers to buy more electric vehicles. The House of Representatives is set to vote on final passage of the bill on Friday. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

    The massive legislation contains $40 billion for agricultural conservation, credit, renewable energy and forestry programs. The bill also includes debt relief provisions for some farmers, though Black farmer groups say the bill reverses promises given to them in the American Rescue...

  • An Urban's Rural View

    During the depths of COVID, the Newport Farmer's Market in Newport, Oregon, was a shadow of itself. Sarah Walker of Walker Farms, shown here in September 2020, is now unmasked and she and her husband Randy have continued to sell meat at the market through thick and thin. (Photo courtesy Urban Lehner)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    In 2020, when the pandemic was at its worst, the Newport Farmer's Market in Newport, Oregon, was a shadow of its former itself. Now it's back.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    June and July 2022 rainfall as a percent of the average 1895-2022 figure vs. the difference of the July 2022 temperature from the 1895-2022 July average for the top corn and soybean states and the U.S.

  • Sort & Cull

    While we understand that one single week's worth of trade isn't enough to change the entire market's trajectory and put to bed lingering questions, it's at least a place to start. (DTN file photo by Joel Reichenberger)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    One of the biggest takeaways about last week's trade was it's undeniable that packers are getting through supplies faster than assumed and, even though we have a historic number of cattle on feed, the market's vigorous processing speeds have allowed feedlots to stay mostly...

  • Technically Speaking

    The chart above is a daily chart of December corn, which shows range-bound trade in the past several weeks. With the USDA report scheduled to be released Friday, a break-out is possible. (DTN ProphetX chart by Dana Mantini)

    The December corn chart has given us few hints as to where it is headed. Since the first of July, the contract has been moving mostly sideways in a wide range. On Friday, the USDA August report will be released and could send corn futures one way or the other from the July...

  • Ethanol Blog

    The Inflation Reduction Act passed by the Senate on Sunday includes a number of tax incentives for biofuels. (DTN file photo)

    If the Inflation Reduction Act becomes law a number of tax incentives for biofuels infrastructure expansion are expected to provide a boost to the industry.

  • Editors' Notebook

    The Fifth Annual DTN Digital Yield Tour Powered by Gro Intelligence starts Aug. 8. (DTN graphic by Brent Warren)

    Now in its fifth year, the DTN Digital Yield Tour Powered by Gro Intelligence, which started out as an experiment to bring modern-world data and intelligence to the crop prognostication business, has turned into a highly read, and very accurate, look at how the U.S. corn and...

  • Production Blog

    This plant in Illinois turned out to be waterhemp, not Palmer amaranth. Time is ticking to rogue out problem weeds before seed set. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Grab a hoe and get to chopping if you see a pigweed on the loose.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    The black lines represent the value of average-quality Indiana farmland and its cash rental rate in 2021. The red, blue and green lines show how farmland values or cash rents would need to adjust as investors expect returns that reflect higher interest rates. (Chart courtesy of Agricultural Economic Insights)

    As the Federal Reserve contemplates another interest rate hike, an economist considers the implications for farmland values and cash rents.

  • MachineryLink

    ASV Holdings is introducing its new RT-50 Posi-Track loader. The repowered RT-50 features a 53.8-horsepower Tier 4, three-cylinder turbo-charged Yanmar engine. The machine has a high tractive effort and high pushing and digging power with ASV's Posi-Power system. (Photo courtesy of ASV Holdings)

    In this Equipment Roundup, DTN/Progressive Farmer looks at Polaris recalling some of its RZR vehicles, Smart Apply expanding its presence in the U.S., ASV introducing a new loader, and manufacturers creating a new interoperability network.

  • South America Calling

    Rainfall amounts across most of South America were below normal for March through May of 2022 indicated in brown and red coloring. There was a pocket of above-normal precipitation in southern Brazil, however, indicated in blue. (Graphic made by the Climate Change Institute using ECMWF ERA5 data)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Weather during the safrinha season quickly turned from favorable to unfavorable in central Brazil, but opposite from unfavorable to favorable in southern Brazil, balancing some of the poorer conditions farther north.