Blogs

  • Market Matters Blog

    The largest combined wheat, corn and soy complex net short by managed funds on record as of last Tuesday. (DTN ProphetX)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    These days in the commodity markets, it's easy to paint a bearish landscape. But if history repeats itself, sizable rallies could be in store, despite popular belief.

  • Canada Markets

    International Grains Council forecasts for global wheat fundamentals show a rebound in production to rival its record production estimate for 2017-18 in the next crop year, while slower but growing consumption could lead to a record wheat carryout in 2019-20. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The International Grains Council forecasts for 2019-20 wheat look bearish, which points to the potential for record stocks.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    House Ways and Means Committee Democrats sent Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer a letter today outlining concerns in the proposed U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement that they want addressed before considering whether to approve it.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    An biofuels interest group asked a federal court to stop EPA from granting additional small refinery waivers, while a petroleum interest group said it will sue when the agency finalizes the E15 rule.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    In the past 60 days, most locations in the Canadian Prairies have recorded well under half the normal precipitation. (AAFC graphic)
    Posted by Joel Burgio , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Many areas of the Canadian Prairies have soil moisture deficits ahead of spring seeding.

  • Editors' Notebook

    While painkillers can help people who need them, they can also be very addictive. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is holding a national drug drop, April 27. It's like a no-questions-asked pesticide drop-off, only for those items you no longer want in the medicine cabinet. Do it.

  • Machinery Chatter

    Matt Danner plants the same hybrid across several farms in dozens of different moisture levels, different heat units, planting dates and elevations. He wants clean data, free of garbage -- he wants information that tells him five things about that hybrid in those varied conditions that he can put to profitable use next year. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Agriculture in 2019 America is about data. But yield is not an end goal in data farming. Profit per acre and replication of outcome is the brass ring.

  • South America Calling

    The seven-day total precipitation forecast continues to show a pattern of favorable moisture is maintained for development of second-crop corn in Brazil (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Central Brazil continues to see a very favorable weather pattern providing moisture for second-crop corn.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Part of keeping employees engaged is having the right tools and resources so employees can perform their jobs and conduct in-the-moment repairs. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo)
    Posted by Lori Culler , DTN Farm Business Adviser

    Here are five practices you can implement with relatively low cost and investment of time to help keep an employee engaged.

  • Technically Speaking

    DTN's index of cash corn prices is holding fairly firm in spite of heavy selling from managed futures funds (green line), now holding their largest net-short position on record of 326,887 contracts. This puts funds in a vulnerable predicament as corn prices are fundamentally cheap, with the uncertainty of a new season ahead. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at weekly charts of DTN national indices for corn, soybeans and HRW wheat.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Plant-based offerings from companies such as Beyond Meat are aimed squarely at carnivores, the heart of the cattle guys' market. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    In which we explain why campaigning for laws banning plant-based products from being called "meat" is not the optimal strategy for cattle raisers.

  • Production Blog

    A FieldWatch sign alerts pesticide applicators to tomatoes in an Indiana field. Farmers and spray applicators also have access to an online registry to identify sensitive crops as more growers seek protection from dicamba injury. (Photos by Pamela Smith)

    Pesticide applicators have a responsibility to check field registry services under current dicamba labels, but that means farmers must take steps to register.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    10, 20 and 30-year trends and 2019 projection

  • Harrington's Sort & Cull

    Posted by John Harrington , DTN Livestock Analyst

    John Harrington gives his thoughts on what could have become of former Vice President Joe Biden had he gone a different route as a young lad.