Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    December MGEX spring wheat posted a weekly gain for the fourth straight week, up 17 1/4 cents this week and the largest move over this four-week period. The first study signals supportive commercial interest as the Dec19/March20 futures spread narrows to minus 12 1/2 cents. The lower study shows CFTC's reported noncommercial net-short position, with a late addition showing little change as of May 20. (DTN ProphetX)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    December spring wheat posted its fourth consecutive higher weekly close this week as traders eye late planting in the northern states and dry conditions on the Prairies. Spillover from winter wheat trade also played a role this week. The move was well-supported by commercial...

  • An Urban's Rural View

    The coffee shop is open. Please don't be bashful. (Photo by Etenil, CC BY-SA 2.0)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    In response to a reader's query about the future of farming, we invite other readers to weigh in.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The Drought Severity and Coverage Index is currently at the lowest level observed in the United States Drought Monitor archives going back to 2000. (Photo courtesy of the National Drought Mitigation Center)
    Posted by Elaine Kub , Contributing Analyst

    For the first time in 19 years, this week's U.S. Drought Monitor map will likely show no area of the continental United States in anything worse than "moderate" drought. This isn't automatically bearish for the grain markets, however, as much of the Corn Belt now struggles with...

  • Market Matters Blog

    The DTN domestic distillers dried grains average price was $2 higher at $123 per ton for the week ended May 23. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was up $2 on average, at $123 per ton.

  • Production Blog

    A pastoral backdrop makes for good dinner conversation and brings up more questions than answers. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Conversations over locally grown dinner show how personal food and eating it can be.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Percent of U.S. spring wheat crop planted by May 19 going back to 1981, percent that the final yield deviated from the 1981-2018 trend along with the percent that final plantings deviated from the farmer intention figures given at the end of March

  • Ethanol Blog

    Crude oil and oil products futures were posting massive losses Thursday morning.

  • Machinery Chatter

    Tony Douglas, manager of AgriVision Equipment Group's Lenox, Iowa, location, is providing field demonstrations of John Deere's new N542C grain drill to customers before the air seeder goes into production in June. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Matthew Wilde)
    Posted

    Growers plant soybeans with one of a handful of limited-build production air seeders geared to increase efficiency.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Farm groups on Monday expressed some relief that Canada and Mexico followed suit on Monday and dropped retaliatory tariffs against U.S. farm products.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Payments designed to offset the impact of the trade war with China made up 37% of the average Kansas farmer's income in 2018, but questions about the parameters of 2019's program complicate decision making amid this year's wet planting season. (DTN File Photo)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    In 2018, 37% of Kansas farmers' income came from Market Facilitation Program payments. As the trade conflict with China escalates, rather than resolves, farmers are left to wonder whether the government will intervene again and what form that will take.

  • Technically Speaking

    July lean hog futures have produced a clear bullish divergence in momentum as price continued to make new lows while the stochastic measure of momentum turned higher. This divergence would be confirmed with trade above the May 10 corrective highs at $97.22.
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analyst of the livestock markets.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Tucked into commentary renewing the U.S. EPA's support for glyphosate's safety was a surprising negative comment. Too bad it came two decades too late.

  • 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.

  • 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.