Blogs

  • Ag Policy Blog

    The Agricultural Retailers Association and state regulators are already writing EPA asking for guidance on the Ninth Circuit ruling on dicamba herbicides. They are also asking for legal avenues to allow farmers to continue using the herbicides this year. (DTN file photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Iowa's secretary of Agriculture, as well as the Agricultural Retailers Association, have written EPA asking for guidance on how to proceed with the sales and use of three dicamba herbicides following a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case that vacated their EPA registration. U.S...

  • Canada Markets

    Dec. MGEX spring wheat reached a five-week high this week but failed to sustain the move, closing lower for the first time in three weeks. This week's trade failed to sustain a move above the 33% retracement of the move from the Jan.-through-May downtrend. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Despite some supportive fundamental factors seen in the wheat market, technical weakness contributed to the first weekly loss in three weeks for the December spring wheat contract.

  • Editors' Notebook

    The initial results on the Progressive Farmer Reader Insights study around tractor satisfaction is in the June magazine issue. (Progressive Farmer graphic)

    Results from the initial Progressive Farmer Reader Insights survey, on tractor satisfaction, are being revealed as a second and third round of surveys, on combines and on planters, is being mailed to farmers starting this week.

  • MachineryLink

    Kinze is expanding its 4905 high-speed planter series with a 16-row option for 2021. (Photo courtesy of Kinze Manufacturing)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Kinze, KIOTI and Valmont are adding a planter, tractor and solar power technology to their product lineups.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN domestic distillers dried grains weekly spot prices of available offers were steady to lower for the week ended June 4. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was lower.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Chart by Joel Karlin

    New crop U.S. corn export sales in million bushels as of the final week in May vs. this figure as a percent of the first USDA new crop export projection along with the projected U.S. share of world corn trade.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Temperatures of at least 0.5 degree Celsius below average cover the entire Pacific Ocean equator region east of the International Date Line. (NOAA graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Equatorial Pacific Ocean cooling to the La Nina threshold raises questions about U.S. crop weather during the 2020 summer.

  • Sort & Cull

    Boxed beef prices have fallen 62% from their historic May highs, but further losses are likely to continue as markets readjust to stable beef supplies. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Rick Kment , DTN Analyst

    Wholesale beef values seem to be returning to more realistic levels as prices continue to steadily fall from May highs.

  • Ethanol Blog

    The National Wildlife Federation has asked the EPA to waive Renewable Fuel Standard volumes based on environmental concerns. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    While governors and federal lawmakers in oil-producing states have asked the EPA for waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard based on economic concerns, an environmental group has requested a waiver based on environmental concerns.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Giuseppe Verdi was one of the greatest opera composers ever. He was also a serious, big-time farmer by 19th century Italian standards. (Public domain photo by Ferdinand-Muirnier)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    In a polarized age, we tend to stereotype people. The story of Giuseppe Verdi shows the problem with those stereotypes.

  • Technically Speaking

    The U.S. dollar index was seen as a safe haven for investors during the coronavirus scare, but prices are now coming down as anxieties ease (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted

    A technical look at the U.S. dollar, the Brazilian real and Russia's ruble.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Now that the comment period on CFTC's proposed rule on position limits is closed, the agency will review comments and make changes before publishing a final rule in the Federal Register. (DTN file photo)

    While the National Grain and Feed Association largely supports the CFTC's fifth attempt to create a position limits rule, its official statement on the rule offers a number of suggestions, including adding another strategy to its list of bona fide hedges.

  • Production Blog

    If you're worried about the Asian Giant Hornet, aka the Murder Hornet, here's a reminder of another scary pest, the Old World Bollworm, that never quite lived up to its reputation in the U.S. (Photos courtesy Gilles San Martin and Gyorgy Csoka, Hungary Forest Research Institute)

    A timely reminder that not all worst-case scenarios pan out, as this ag reporter once discovered.

  • South America Calling

    Most primary crop areas in Brazil have short to very short soil moisture; Mato Grosso is the exception. (USDA graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    The onset of the Southern Hemisphere dry season adds to an already-short soil moisture supply in much of Brazil's crop areas.