Blogs

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains for the week ended Feb. 2 was $2 lower on average than one week ago. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains is $2 lower than one week ago.

  • Canada Markets

    The blue bars represent the volume of select crops delivered into the licensed handling system during the first 26 weeks of 2022-23, while compared to the five-year average (brown bars) and measured against the primary vertical axis. The grey line represents the percentage of total supplies this volume represents while compared to the five-year average for this period (yellow line), plotted against the secondary vertical axis. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    CGC's study looks at licensed deliveries of select crops into licensed facilities during the first half of the crop year, while calculating this volume as a percent of the total volume available for delivery, based on current government estimates.

  • Production Blog

    Need to know what trait lies within a specific hybrid? There's a free chart for that called The Handy Bt Trait Table. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    The Handy Bt Trait Table provides a helpful list of trait packages to make it easier to understand seed guides, sales materials, and bag tags.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., spearheaded the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act in the last Congress. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    The legislation would establish regional cash minimums and equip producers with more market information, including permanently authorizing a cattle contract library. The bill is reintroduced after getting extensive discussion in the last Congress, but did not receive any floor...

  • South America Calling

    Monthly rainfall as forecast by the American Climate Forecast System (CFS) model follows other models in suggesting below-normal precipitation for February in Argentina. (DTN graphic)

    Another round of rain late last week was beneficial for the corn and soybean crop in Argentina. However, the forecast for February is not favorable for continuing the upward trend.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The Climate Prediction Center seasonal drought outlook through April shows notable drought easing in the Northern Plains, Northwest and Far West, but keeps drought in place in much of the western Midwest along with the Central and Southern Plains. (NOAA/CPC graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    Continued moisture stress in the Western Corn Belt is suggested by the latest seasonal drought outlook.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Stocks rose in the wake of the Fed's quarter-point rate increase, reversing earlier declines. But the Fed remains more cautious about the future than the markets. (DTN graphic by Todd Hultman)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark rate by 0.25% on Feb. 1. At previous meetings the increases had been 0.75% and 0.5%. But there are likely more rate hikes ahead.

  • Technically Speaking

    This is a daily chart of March corn futures. The recent high at $6.88 3/4 was again able to rebuff the corn advance, with March slipping from there. The market does appear to be getting a bit overdone and demand remains tepid. (DTN ProphetX chart by Dana Mantini)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    The corn market has been up and down, but still in a minor uptrend, as traders determine how much Argentine corn could actually be lost.

  • Sort & Cull

    Is this the breakout week for the cattle market? (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    With beef cow processing as rapid as it was through 2022, I don't think it's out of line to anticipate that the January 2023 beef cow herd could be below 29 million head, which happened in 2014 and is the record low for the industry.

  • Ethanol Blog

    EPA has been given until the end of January to respond to states that requested agency action to allow permanent year-round E15 sales. (DTN file photo)

    Although Clean Air Act deadline came and went in July 2022 for EPA to respond to states' request to take action to allow year-round E15 sales, the agency has yet to act after 270 days. Attorneys general are now giving the EPA until the end of January.

  • MachineryLink

    JCB is bringing its first hydrogen fuel engine prototypes to the U.S. next month. Shown here is its hydrogen-powered backhoe loader. (DTN image courtesy of JCB)

    In this Equipment Roundup, DTN/Progressive Farmer looks at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers' thoughts on parts and employees, JCB's hydrogen-powered engine technology and an AI precision spraying pact between Greeneye and FBN.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    The average interest rate on a non-real estate farm loan hovered around 6% in the fourth quarter of 2022. While that's the highest rate farmers have seen in 10 years, it's close to the 20-year average. (Chart courtesy of the Kansas City Federal Reserve)

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City's most recent survey of lenders shows that non-real estate farm loans increased by 20% on average as production costs climbed. Interest rates also climbed to a 10-year high, putting additional pressure on financing costs.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Watch for our new Top 5 Things To Watch feature, which will be posted over weekends. These are the things the DTN newsroom will be either covering or watching for that will be critical to your business plans.

    DTN's new weekly feature is aimed at helping you be aware of the things that may affect your business and family in the coming week.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    There is an inverse relationship with high prices resulting in lower corn fed per GCAU and vice-versa with the formula explaining about 70% of the variability seen in corn feed use.