Blogs

  • Ag Policy Blog

    State Groups Break from NCBA on Cattle Market Solution
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Seventeen state cattle organizations are supporting legislation that would give the U.S. agriculture secretary authority to set regional minimum negotiated cash trade sales.

  • Sort & Cull

    Eroding open interest in live cattle futures has continued to pressure prices. Cattle price movements and the open interest direction continue to be heavily correlated, creating the potential for further market losses. (DTN ProphetX chart by Rick Kment)
    Posted by Rick Kment , DTN Analyst

    Total open interest in live cattle futures has tumbled lower throughout October. Following slow but steady gains from May through September, traders are quickly liquidating positions, further pressuring live cattle futures. Sustained price support needs active and strong trader...

  • Canada Markets

    December oats reached a fresh contract high of $3/bushel on Oct. 20, while extended the move to $3.04/bushel on Oct. 21. This move has breached the 50% retracement of the move from the June high to August low on the continuous active chart. The red histogram bars on the first study shows a growing noncommercial net-long position, while the lower study shows the Oct/March spread closing at a bullish inverse of 1 cent. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Oat futures for December delivery have reached new contract highs this week with growing noncommercial buying interest seen over a number of weeks. The Dec/March spread is inverted, signaling firm front-end demand.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    U.S. soybean sales to China as of second week of October and change in sales to that country from that point to end of marketing year vs. the percent that Chinese has taken of total U.S soybean sales as of the second week in October and the percent that China took of...

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Snow may fall as far south as Texas with more consistent snows expected in the Northern Plains and northern Midwest through Oct. 29. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Snow chances in the Plains highlight the forecast going into the last half of October.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The Staggers Rail Act of 1980 is a U.S. federal law that deregulated the American railroad industry to a significant extent, replacing it with the regulatory structure that had existed since the Interstate Commerce Act of 1887. Pictured is a CP train moving through downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    The Staggers Rail Act, named for its sponsor, Rep. Harley O. Staggers, a West Virginia Democrat, just celebrated its 40th birthday.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    They may both be superpowers, but the U.S. and China don't get much respect these days in surveys of international opinion.

  • Technically Speaking

    November soybeans have turned consolidative with the 10.46 corrective high becoming an important one on any further setback. (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted

    A technical look at the December corn, November soybeans and December Kansas City wheat markets.

  • Production Blog

    Feeding her farming family is just one of the many jobs Amy Brown juggles every day. This time of the year many of those meals are served in the field near the family's Blue Mound, Illinois, farm. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    An invitation to dinner in the field is a thing to celebrate, even if the guests are a bit late.

  • MachineryLink

    Consumers have purchased more than 200,000 tractors, 100 hp and below tractors through September. That's 16% more than in the same period in 2019. Shown here is Massey Ferguson's new 60 hp 2860M tractor with cab and grapple.
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    March may have been the worst of COVID-19's impact on machinery sales as buyers look beyond the pandemic to new technologies and improved markets.

  • Ethanol Blog

    POET LLC broke ground on a $25 million expansion of its ethanol plant in Alexandria, Indiana, on Thursday, making way for expanded hand sanitizer production. (DTN file photo by Todd Neeley)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    POET LLC is expanding its production of hand sanitizer, breaking ground on a new facility at an ethanol plant in Alexandria, Indiana.

  • South America Calling

    DTN forecast summer/wet season rainfall from December to February is expected to be below normal for most of Brazil and Argentina. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Showers are expected across much of the primary growing regions in South America, but needed moderate to heavy rains will be confined to just a few locations.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Just as the cost of computers declined significantly following improvements to its microchips and processors, the falling cost of collecting and storing large quantities of data foretells dramatic upticks in it use. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    As satellite data become more ubiquitous, frequent and cheap, yield models like the ones DTN relies on for its Digital Yield Tour are expected to become more accurate, giving farmers and other market participants a better understanding of yield potential before USDA's counts...

  • 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.