Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    The blue bars represent the year-over-year change in AAFC's forecast exports of select crops as of their Nov. report, while the brown bars show the year-over-year change in exports through licensed facilities as of Nov. 15, or week 15. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    For some of Canada's largest crops, AAFC's Nov. demand estimates were not revised to reflect the current pace of exports during the first 15 weeks of the crop year.

  • Sort & Cull

    As most cattlemen head into their slower months, now would be a great time to meticulously analyze the cattle market, beef industry and your own operation. (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Soon we will prepare for tax season and print off those profit/loss summaries and expense sheets that can been brutally painful. However, instead of avoiding them, it's time to dive into the fine details and see where changes can be made.

  • Technically Speaking

    Even though the U.S. and world economy both face a new wave of rising coronavirus infections, financial markets are showing no significant concerns to date, helped by the Federal Reserve's commitment to keep interest rates near zero (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at U.S. stocks, interest rates and the U.S. Dollar Index.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    One reason the American Farm Bureau Federation states Thanksgiving prices are cheaper this year is the average price for a 16-pound turkey comes in at $1.21 a pound, a 7% decline from last year. Retail turkey prices are the lowest since 2010. National Farmers Union notes farmers on average only receive about 11.9 cents per dollar spent on Thanksgiving food. (DTN file photo)

    The American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union each released information on Thanksgiving food costs this week that showed some divergent perspectives on costs of the meal.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Precipitation in the first quarter of 2021 shows above-normal totals for the eastern Midwest, but mainly below normal in the western Midwest and Plains. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Prospects are low for moisture deficits in the western Midwest and Plains to recover in the first three months of 2021.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Testing for COVID-19 has been increasing across the country. By this time two years from now, there's a very good chance life will be back to something like normal, thanks to vaccines being developed to deal with the coronavirus. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Maybe with an end in sight we'll overcome our pandemic fatigue and take the precautions necessary to get through the winter.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's domestic distillers dried grains weekly spot price from available offers was $8 higher per ton on average for the week ended Nov. 19. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

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

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    USDA U.S. soybean yield revisions from October to November and then the November to the final report of the year in January in bpa vs. the percent per bushel/acre (bpa) change from October to November

  • Production Blog

    Regardless of the whims of commodity markets, soybean farmers need to stay focused on production costs and agronomic practices to help their bottom line. (DTN photo by Matthew Wilde)
    Posted by Matt Wilde , Progressive Farmer Crops Editor

    A recent series helps farmers stay focused on production costs and profitability. The topics include fighting SCN, increasing soybean yields, early planting, outsmarting weed resistance, variable seeding rates, and giving an in-furrow boost for a good start.

  • South America Calling

    Southern Brazil and Argentina stay dry in updated climate agency forecasts through the December-to-February period -- a classic La Nina impact. (IRI graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    A prominent climate forecast agency calls for continued dryness in South America and in the U.S. Southern Plains due to La Nina.

  • MachineryLink

    Sales of tractors and combines have returned to the black after a tough spring. (Photo courtesy of Association of Equipment Manufacturers)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Equipment manufacturers report strong tractor and combine sales and a strong recovery from the early, dark days of COVID-19.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Pacific Ethanol announced it is selling grain-handling facilities at its Magic Valley, Idaho, ethanol plant. (Photo by Rocky Ormiston)

    California-based Pacific Ethanol Inc., sold its grain-handling facilities at an ethanol plant in Idaho.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Sixty percent of all corn and soybean farms have between $10,000 and $350,000 in sales, while 44% of corn and soy farms with marketing contracts fall in that class. In contrast, 10% of corn/soy farms have sales of $1 million or more, but 20% of corn/soy farms with contracts fall in that class. (Chart courtesy of USDA)

    A recent UDSA study finds midsize to large corn and soybean farms are the most likely to use futures and options, although cash contracts with local buyers are by far farmers' favorite tool to sell their grain.

  • 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.