Those of you who frequently read our weather pages or watch the Daily Market Weather video have been seeing a new face in those areas the past few weeks.
As you've probably read by now, DTN's long-time Senior Ag Meteorologist, Bryce Anderson, stepped away from the weather desk in June to spend more time traveling, hiking and enjoying the grandchildren he and wife, Eleanor, have around them. Our earlier story on that is here https://www.dtnpf.com/…
It's a big change for us, as not only was Bryce the voice of DTN Ag, his unique background in farming, commodity markets, and meteorology, combined with a true journalist's quest for truth and clarity, made him a big part of DTN's soul as well.
Into this critical, popular weather slot we welcome John Baranick, DTN's ag weather lead and our new ag meteorologist. "New" is a relative term, as while John is fresh to our digital platforms and the pages of Progressive Farmer, he's been part of the larger DTN weather group in Burnsville, Minnesota, since we snatched him up as a young Iowa State University grad in 2011.
You can meet John in person if you'll be at the Farm Progress Show or Husker Harvest Days in the coming weeks. We'll have daily presentations on weather and on markets outlooks, with both John and with our Lead Analyst Todd Hultman. And yours truly will be around as well, so come by the DTN Building, learn what we see for the rest of the 2021 season, and check out the newest offerings from DTN.
We're excited to have John on board -- he's already become a key part of the team as we've reported and analyzed the wide range of weather patterns U.S. farmers and ranchers have dealt with this growing season. He's also been crucial to our coverage of real-time events such as current Hurricane Ida and what they mean for the coming harvest.
I encourage you to say hello and talk to John about your local conditions and what is important to you around weather. You'll soon learn that he's on a life-long quest to learn new things.
"A lot of meteorologists become interested in weather because of some personal event," John said. "A lightning strike to their house, a tornado, got them personally interested." John's spark was less dramatic, but just as strong.
"I came to it after a two-week weather section that was part of a ninth grade Earth Science class. I realized I didn't know anything about weather, but I just thought it was the coolest thing. I wanted to learn all about it."
That eventually led to a search for atmospheric science college programs, and the decision to attend Iowa State. There, he also was presented with the need to pick a minor. Included in the list of choices was something else he knew little about, agriculture.
"All my life, no matter where we moved to, there had been a corn field next to my house," Baranick said of his youth. "But I really knew nothing about farming." What he did know was that weather played a big role in agriculture. It became the next thing he wanted to learn more about.
Turns out that in addition to top atmospheric science program, ISU isn't the worst place to learn about subjects such as agronomy and soil science. The latter was one of his favorites. "Learning how nutrients work in the soil, and how weather influences that, is just fascinating," he said.
You'll see that insight in John's weather pieces, videos and blogs. He's also helping us improve our overall coverage of crop issues, bringing the weather element into our agronomic and livestock reporting.
As for Bryce, we didn't let him stray too far into the sunset. You'll still benefit from his markets-focused take on weather events in occasional blog posts and helping John cover the daily market weather videos. He also is making plans to lead off the weather outlook at the DTN Ag Summit in Chicago, Dec. 5-7.
Hope to see you at one of the many events we'll be attending the rest of the year.
(You can find the DTN Ag Summit registration page, and full information about this year's agenda at https://web.cvent.com/….)
Greg Horstmeier can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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