Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    Despite a forecast for the second-highest global carryout of wheat on record forecast for the current crop year, the prairie basis for No. 1 CWRS 13.5% (blue bars) remains much stronger than normal (brown bars) as futures also show strength. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Canada's wheat exports tend to favour the latter months of the crop year, while prairie cash basis levels for high quality hard red spring wheat are significantly stronger than the three-year average at this time.

  • Production Blog

    Population of grassland birds, such as the lesser prairie chicken, have decreased during the last 50 years. (Photo by Marcus Miller, courtesy of NRCS)
    Posted by Russ Quinn , DTN Staff Reporter

    While the number of grassland birds has gone down, there is hope that ranchers can help be part of the solution to increase the population again by changing when hay is cut.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Bills introduced in Congress would change how the Small Business Administration treats farmers who use partnerships in their operations, and allow them to use gross income on their application forms for Paycheck Protection Program loans. (DTN file photo)

    The bill, dubbed the “PPP Flexibility for Farmers, Ranchers and the Self-Employed Act,” would specifically change language the Small Business Administration operates under to allow farmers in partnerships with gross income from self-employment to be eligible to use an...

  • Ethanol Blog

    Twelve senators from the Midwest asked EPA Administrator Michael Regan to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard. (DTN file photo by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A group of 12 United States senators asked EPA Administrator Michael Regan to reject requests to waive Renewable Fuel Standard requirements.

  • South America Calling

    March-through-May rainfall will be below normal for the Brazil safrinha corn areas. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Brazil rain has turned well-below normal in April. That trend looks to continue during the important safrinha corn months of May and June.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Cold air flowing south from Canada will produce freezes across the Plains and Midwest through April 22 and in the Northern Plains into late April. This may damage winter wheat and emerged corn and soybeans. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Several nights of below-freezing conditions east of the Rockies could damage winter wheat and emerged corn and soybeans in the Plains and Midwest.

  • Sort & Cull

    Selling cattle with time has consequences and could affect the cash cattle market in the weeks to come. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Packers only buy cattle with time when they know that supplies are going to be short, or when they know that the cash cattle market could rally. In the current market's scenario, both are true and both favor feedlots' positions, which cause packers angst.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    "Cold War" is a misleading historical analogy for the U.S.-China relationship. The two countries are indeed serious rivals, but they're also economically interdependent.

  • MachineryLink

    Farmers applying manure to their fields can become more efficient with proper manure management practices. (DTN file photo by Mitch Kezar)
    Posted by Russ Quinn , DTN Staff Reporter

    When considered best management practices to ways to maximize manure usage, think of following the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship -- the right fertilizer source at the right rate at the right time and in the right place.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    U.S. corn export sales and shipments as of the second week in April vs. as a percent of the USDA April WASDE export projection

  • Market Matters Blog

    Federal Biscay, a 656-foot bulk carrier owned by Montreal-based Fednav, will earn the first ship distinction of 2021 in Duluth, Minnesota, completing the season's first full transit of the St. Lawrence Seaway en route to the Great Lakes' westernmost port, Duluth-Superior Harbor. (Photo by Duluth Shipping News)

    The Federal Biscay, the first oceangoing vessel of the 2021 maritime shipping season, arrived in the Port of Duluth-Superior on Sunday, April 18.

  • Editors' Notebook

    The MyPlanting21 contest allows farmers to show off the beauty and the promise of the planting season. (Photo courtesy of Gingi Haag)

    Farm families can show off their planting pride by entering the MyPlanting21 photo contest. The contest is open through June 1.

  • Technically Speaking

    June live cattle prices pulled back recently after challenging the 2019 high of $124.90, but the trend has not turned lower yet. (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at weekly charts of live cattle, feeder cattle and lean hogs.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    To see the full picture on U.S. farm income forecast, a person needs to look at all the pieces including what is coming from COVID relief packages and how much are farm inputs rising. (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    USDA's farm income forecast for 2021 calls for lower net farm incomes, but that hardly tells the story.