Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    Durum prices into southeast Saskatchewan locations have stabilized over the past week but have retraced 52% of the 2019-20 uptrend. Forward prices through May 2021 are only slightly higher and flat. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Australia is in the news selling durum to Italy early in the new year, while providing a challenge for Canada's exports.

  • Sort & Cull

    With current showlists, feedlots took advantage of last week's marketing opportunity. (Photo by Baxter Communications)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Heading into this week, and seeing what potential opportunities could be around the corner, feedlots could have another opportunity to rally the cash cattle market.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Should the U.S. abandon "strategic ambiguity" and tell China it will defend Taiwan militarily?

  • Market Matters Blog

    Spring wheat harvest in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, produced a much-improved quality in 2020 than 2019, but variable yields. (Photo by Matthew Krueger)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    The 2020 spring wheat crop fared better than the 2019 crop, but yields varied on timing of planting.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Chart by DTN Contributing Analyst Joel Karlin
    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    U.S. soybean exports in million bushels (mb) already on the books as of the second week in the marketing year starting September 1 vs these sales as a percent of the USDA's Sep WASDE export projection

  • Technically Speaking

    This is a daily chart of November soybean futures, reaching over $10 per bushel for the first time in years. With the relative strength index (RSI) as of Sunday night at a lofty 83% and slow stochastics at a rare 98%, the momentum indicators are at the upper extreme, suggesting a correction is likely, but with no timetable. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the wheat market.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    USDA announced a new round of coronavirus aid to producers on Friday totaling $14 billion. Several groups praised the announcement, but also added they would like changes that would provide their members with greater access to federal aid. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Following the president's declaration Thursday evening of a new aid package, USDA announced $14 billion for CFAP 2 with enrollment to begin Monday. The first round of CFAP paid for losses largely before April 15, 2020. The new round of payments will cover losses throughout the...

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Seasonal drought outlooks call for drought to cover the entire Southern Plains by the end of 2020. (NOAA graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    The official NOAA mid-September outlook calls for no drought easing in affected areas of the Midwest and Plains over the next three months. DTN forecasts lean even drier with expectations for below-normal precipitation through almost all the central and eastern U.S. except for...

  • Production Blog

    A USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, National Identification Services (NIS) botanist examines seeds from an unsolicited package of seed. (Photo courtesy of USDA APHIS)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Officials are still digging into the origins of seeds that arrived in mailboxes this summer.

  • MachineryLink

    The total U.S. farm tractor sales number rose 12.8% in August compared to 2019, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers' latest monthly sales report. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo)
    Posted by Russ Quinn , DTN Staff Reporter

    According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers' latest report, unit sales of agricultural tractors and self-propelled combines in August 2020 were positive for the fifth month in a row in the U.S.

  • South America Calling

    Bright red over most of Brazil means short to very short soil moisture, including the top production state of Mato Grosso. (PECAD FAS graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Brazil's top soybean production state, Mato Grosso, has a later-than-average start to its rainy season indicated.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump has fulfilled his promises to rural America. (DTN file photo by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley said on Tuesday he believes President Donald Trump has garnered support from rural America by rejected retroactive small-refinery exemption requests to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • Editors' Notebook

    An aerial view of DTN's new office building in west Omaha, Nebraska. (DTN photo)
    Posted by Russ Quinn , DTN Staff Reporter

    DTN Staff Reporter Russ Quinn writes that the location where DTN has now moved its office to in Omaha is the place where he used to walk beans.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Soybeans will likely make up a large share of what China will purchase from the United States to fulfill phase one of their trade deal. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    China may be hard-pressed to make up ground to fulfill its $36.5-billion commitment to the United States in phase one of a trade deal.