Blogs

  • Market Matters Blog

    The photo on the left is in Polk County, Minnesota, which has seen very little rain since it was planted in the spring. The photo on the right is spring wheat that was planted late March/early April on 2020 sunflower ground in the worst of the drought area in western North Dakota. (Photo on the left by Tim Dufault Crookston, Minnesota; photo on the right by Paul Anderson Coleharbor, North Dakota)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    Spring wheat farmers in the upper Northern Plains have been battling drought all year and it has taken its toll on the new spring wheat crop.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    In the first six months of this fiscal year Chinese purchases of U.S. ag products rose 197%. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    There's more and more talk of "decoupling" -- relying less on China for some high-tech and other products -- even as U.S. agriculture recouples.

  • Technically Speaking

    August Lean Hogs are nearing support at the 61.8% retracement of the mid-April through early-June rally at $104.375 to $104.900. (DTN ProphetX Chart by Tregg Cronin)
    Posted

    Unlike the cattle markets, there is no debate on lean hog futures as to whether the top is in.

  • Production Blog

    This field north of Sullivan, Illinois, endured some damage after a storm swept through and rain and winds flattened the crop. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Checking in on corn after the wind requires some patience and waiting to see if it will stand back up.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    A rain shower is passing by this field without a drop. (DTN photo by Pam Smith)

    Why does it seem that sometimes rain is spotty and other times more widespread? Here are some analogies to help you visualize some of the reasons why.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    U.S. spring wheat ratings as of the middle of June (week 23) and end of July (week 30) vs. the percent that July and final yields deviate from 1986-2020 trend of final yields

  • Canada Markets

    This chart highlights the change in the crop condition index for most of Saskatchewan's major crops from May 31 (blue bars) to June 14 (red bars), while compared to the five-year average for mid-June (green bars). (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Rainfall received over the past week across the province is viewed as favorable for crop development for almost all crops, given the government's most recent crop condition estimates.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Agriculture and biofuels groups asked the Biden administration to reject efforts by oil refining companies to seek relief from the Renewable Fuel Standard. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A number of biofuels and agriculture groups asked the Biden administration on Thursday to reject claims by oil refiners that they need relief from the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • South America Calling

    Soil moisture across the main growing regions in Argentina are quite good as winter wheat planting gets into full swing. (USDA FAS image)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Despite little shower activity during recent weeks, soil moisture for developing winter wheat has remained quite good in Argentina and portions of southern Brazil.

  • Editors' Notebook

    One of the ideas sent in by a reader was how to turn a junked forklift into an equipment- and supply-lifting system that could help lift equipment off the shop floor. (DTN/Progressive Farmer graphic)
    Posted by Elaine Shein , Associate Managing Editor

    Recently the Handy Devices feature from Progressive Farmer won a prestigious award. Find out more about the award, as well as how you might win some cash for your own ideas for the next Handy Devices we publish.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Jen Sorenson, president of the National Pork Producers Council, speaking last week at a press conference during the World Pork Expo. Sorenson testified Tuesday in a congressional hearing about challenges facing agricultural exporters with delays at shipping ports.  (DTN image by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    West Coast port problems are limiting the potential for exports of pork and other products, according to testimony Tuesday at a House Transportation Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee hearing.

  • Sort & Cull

    The market will be glued to watching how these cattle sell in regard to price. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    More than anything, cattlemen are looking for a sense of what the market could be in the weeks to come. Dealing with unfavorable prices is one thing, dealing with drought and high feed prices is another, but if one can lessen the chances of being blindsided by more challenges...

  • MachineryLink

    A careless moment with a chainsaw made this cut in Dan Miller's chaps. Without them, that cut could have been fatal. (DTN photo by Brent Warren)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    With storms comes the sound of running chainsaws. They are a great tool for clearing downed trees. But misused, they can be more dangerous than the storm itself.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Land values are picking up steam, and if you're considering selling, doing estate planning or getting a divorce, it might be time to have your property's value professionally assessed. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico, photo illustration by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    Suspecting the market has gone higher doesn't mean you need an appraisal, but if you're looking to sell a piece of property, it might. If you're doing estate planning, refinancing or getting a divorce, an appraisal is probably necessary.