Blogs

  • Ag Weather Forum

    A broad ridge of high pressure over the Southern Plains and southern Midwest is forecast to be a hot and dry weather maker during the middle of July. (Tropical Tidbits graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Most south-central U.S. cornfields have stressful conditions looming as pollination goes into full swing through the next 10 days.

  • Canada Markets

    December spring wheat closed 3/4 cents lower on Friday, ending a four-session winning streak while forming a bearish outside bar on the daily chart. Trade did end above the contract's 20-day and 50-day moving averages. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The December spring wheat daily and weekly charts may be sending mixed signals, while not convincing in either direction.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Ethanol margins continue to bounce back from the COVID-19 economic shutdown. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)

    DTN's hypothetical ethanol plant has seen its margin improve by 20 cents since May.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's domestic distillers dried grains weekly average spot price from available offers was down $1 per ton for the week ended July 9. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

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

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Geopolitical events are testing the ability of the U.S. and China to be both rivals and trading partners.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Chart by Joel Karlin
    Posted

    Matrix of possible corn ending stocks given various harvested/planted ratios and percent deviations from the 2020 trend yield

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Farmers who grow apples, blueberries, garlic, potatoes, raspberries and tangerines can apply for losses under the CARES Act after USDA determined they had losses of greater than 5% earlier this year due to COVID-19. (Photo courtesy of USDA.gov)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    USDA on Thursday expanded the agricultural commodities that can apply for aid under the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). USDA also announced more than 1.2 million acres were enrolled into the Conservation Reserve Program for grasslands.

  • MachineryLink

    ACS 2 can make it easier to turn in the field or be set to provide more automotive-like steering during transport. (Photo courtesy of John Deere)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Deere has upgraded its 7R and 8R tractors, and Ag Leader rolls out its high-accuracy, high-speed SureSpeed planting system.

  • Sort & Cull

    Cash cattle prices and live cattle prices may be up against a tough battle through July as the market is seasonally pressured through this time and will be immensely taxed as COVID-19 has put even more stress on the market place. (DTN ProphetX graphic)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    The recent spur in live cattle contracts couldn't seem more baffling as the market still faces vast numbers of fat cattle that need slaughtered, sees heavier carcass weights, and has concerns about the third quarter's boxed beef demand.

  • Technically Speaking

    The above daily chart represents August soybean meal and while the double bottom at the $283 area looks like it will be tough to crack, good support exists above at $290-$292 and again at $287. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    DTN's weekly analysis of the soybean and corn markets.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Long-standing issues rarely fix themselves without proper attention. (Photo by cantfightthetendies, CC BY 2.0)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    In mechanics, and in life, issues arising from neglect rarely fix themselves. If allowed to squeak long enough, a minor irritant can become a catastrophic failure.

  • Production Blog

    DTN is watching for a Ninth Circuit court ruling on a lawsuit against the Enlist Duo herbicide, with near identical claims to the recent court case that ended in the cancellation of three dicamba herbicides. (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Emily Unglesbee , DTN Staff Reporter

    The same plaintiffs that brought the recent dicamba case to the Ninth Circuit are behind a similar lawsuit targeting EPA’s registration of Enlist Duo.

  • 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.

  • 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.