Blogs

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Actual 2019 and estimated 2020 trend yields for the top 18 corn states and U.S. in bushels per acre vs. the percent that actual 2019 yields were of 2019 trends.

  • Technically Speaking

    For over two years, April feeder cattle have held sideways between $128 and $155 and may be getting ready to challenge resistance. Prices fell to $135 recently, pressured by concerns about trade, the world economy and coronavirus, but found support last week from commercials attracted to feeders' cheaper prices (DTN ProphetX chart).
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    A technical look at April contracts of live cattle, feeder cattle and lean hogs.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, the House Agriculture Committee ranking member and former chairman of the committee, spoke Monday at the Crop Insurance Industry Annual Convention about his concerns over crop insurance fraud and the risks to the industry. (DTN file image)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    House Agriculture Committee ranking member Michael Conaway, R-Texas, who is retiring, said Monday at a crop insurance industry meeting in Florida that his greatest fear about crop insurance is a fraud case.

  • Sort & Cull

    Even during the busy calving season, think about strategies of what to do to make your cow-calf operation more profitable, including when is the best calving time for your herd. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Little changes can make the biggest differences if implemented in the right season.

  • Canada Markets

    The blue bars show the weekly number of cars rationed or cancelled by CN Rail this crop year, increasing each week for six consecutive weeks as of week 27, measured against the primary vertical axis. The black line represents the cumulative CN cars cancelled, measured against the secondary vertical axis. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Daily rail data points to a decline in loads on wheels, an increase in idle cars and a growing number of cancelled cars, while a large number of grain vessels wait on the West Coast. The federal government seems content to watch from the sidelines.

  • MachineryLink

    One of the checklist tips: Level your planter, adjust the planter tongue and drawbar to level or slightly higher in front to keep parallel linkages and closing wheels operating most efficiently. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Dan Crummett)

    Shop time spent repairing planter wear and making adjustments can boost corn yields significantly. Here's a 10-point checklist to help you prepare your planter for the season ahead.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Attendance was good, and producer anxiety was high, when the subject of too much moisture was brought up during DTN market and weather seminars at the 2020 National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville, Kentucky. (DTN photo by Joel Reichenberger)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Producers attending the National Farm Machinery Show shared the same worries about saturated ground and the impact on the 2020 crop year.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The DTN domestic distillers dried grains weekly spot price was steady on average at $147 per ton for the week ended Feb. 13. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was unchanged at $147 per ton compared to one week ago.

  • Production Blog

    Syngenta is releasing a brand new source of SCN resistance, PI 89772, in a single soybean variety this year.
    Posted by Emily Unglesbee , DTN Staff Reporter

    Syngenta is introducing a soybean variety with a new source of SCN resistance, PI 89772, as early as 2020.

  • South America Calling

    Rainfall in Buenos Aires and Santa Fe in Argentina and southern Brazil has been limited; the next chance of any widespread, significant rainfall in these areas will not be until early next week. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Drier weather in parts of central Argentina and southern Brazil bears watching.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Legal hemp production may be entering its second year, but financing operations may still be one of growers' biggest challenges. (DTN File Photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    The Farm Credit Administration issues guidance for its member institutions that are considering financing hemp operations, the latest salvo from regulators attempting to shape the future of hemp production. But for bankers, regulatory guidance doesn't negate all of the...

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Agriculture is one area very much in need of more federal research support. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The rest of the world, led by China, is rapidly catching up with the U.S.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told reporters on Tuesday he hopes the EPA abides by a recent decision on the small-refinery exemptions program. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley said he wants the EPA follow a recent court decision handed down on three small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • Editors' Notebook

    (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Our look back on the major ag stories of 2019 included some well-known, as well as a couple of completely new, subjects.