Blogs

  • Production Blog

    These ears all came from the same Illinois field and were lined up next to each other, showing the extreme variability in ear size and some of the pollination issues showing up in the corn crop this year. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    This year heading to the field to pull yield samples confirms there's a lot of variability hiding in this year's crop.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Forecast indications suggest less than an inch of rainfall for the Ohio Valley through Great Lakes during the time frame ending Aug. 23. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Forecast confidence in widespread dryness-easing rain for the eastern Midwest in the next five days is mixed at most.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The DTN domestic distillers dried grains weekly average spot price was down $4 at $130 per ton for the week ended Aug. 15. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was $4 per ton lower at $130 per ton.

  • Canada Markets

    The red line represents the trend in the Minneapolis Wheat Spot Index, while the blue line represents the five-year seasonal index for spring wheat. This chart signals a tendency for prices to form a bottom in late August. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The weekly cash price for No. 1 CWRS reported by Saskatchewan Agriculture was reported as the lowest seen is almost three years this week, while DTN analysis shows that hard red spring wheat tends to bottom in August. Historical government price data would support this...

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Using a simple regression of end of July U.S. crop ratings and the percent that the national yield deviated from the 30-year trend comes up with a figure close to the USDA number of 169.5 bushels per acre.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Hispanic workers at a dairy in upstate New York. A poll by the University of Nebraska shows rural residents largely agreed undocumented workers should be deported, but they also agreed undocumented workers should have a chance to apply for citizenship. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    A University of Nebraska poll captures some of the division and nuances in rural America about how immigrants are viewed and the policies for dealing with immigration.

  • Ethanol Blog

    A legal challenge to the E15 rule targets a provision in the rule that ethanol and agriculture interests say could harm the future of higher ethanol blends. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

    Agriculture and ethanol interests are concerned a provision in the new E15 rule could make it difficult for the future of higher ethanol blends.

  • Technically Speaking

    The chart above of weekly December Minneapolis wheat prices shows commercials responding favorably to spring wheat near its lowest prices in over two years. The market is oversold and it will be interesting to see if a price reversal is near. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

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

  • Minding Ag's Business

    While the culture, history and personalities in every family business are unique, three common practices are the keys to success. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Russell A. Graves)
    Posted by Lance Woodbury , DTN Farm Business Adviser

    Effective transitions require more than planning.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    The Federal Reserve has a tricky situation on what to do about interest rates. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The Federal Reserve Board is being swept along in the undertow from the trade war.

  • South America Calling

    As the American Farm Bureau Federation was highlighting the decline in agricultural exports to China on Monday and reports came from China that it was halting private companies from buying U.S. ag products, the chairman of China's largest grain and oilseed trader announced his company will invest more heavily in Brazil. (American Farm Bureau Federation graphic)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    As U.S. farmers hear more troubling news about trade disputes with China, the largest Chinese grain and oilseed company, COFCO, plans to buy more Brazilian soybeans over the next five years and help finance Brazilian farmers to expand production on more than 60 million...

  • Editors' Notebook

    Ranch manager Justin Williams from Jones Beefmasters purebred cattle operation in Savannah, Tennessee, with some of the Beefmaster cattle herd. (DTN photo by Loren Lindler)
    Posted by Loren Lindler , Editorial Intern

    Loren Lindler, a student at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, shares how she spent a summer internship with DTN/Progressive Farmer.

  • MachineryLink

    Posted by Russ Quinn , DTN Staff Reporter

    The University of Nebraska-Lincoln quarter-scale tractor A-team recently took home top honors at the International Quarter-Scale Student Design Competition in Peoria, Illinois.

  • Sort & Cull

    Posted by Cheri Zagurski , DTN Associate Editor

    DTN Associate Editor Cheri Zagurski has an idea about what to call meatless meat products.