Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    Paris milling wheat for December delivery closed higher for a fifth time in seven sessions, closing above its 100-day moving average for the first time since late June while also ending above the resistance of the 38.2% retracement of the move from the May high to August low at EUR 353.30/mt. The Dec/March spread remains inverted (first study), while strength is seen despite the stochastic momentum indicators in over-bought territory on the daily chart. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    European milling wheat is seen breaking above technical resistance that could lead to increased buying interest.

  • Ethanol Blog

    An environmental group asked a federal court to vacate Renewable Fuel Standard volumes finalized by EPA for 2020 to 2022. (DTN file photo)

    An environmental group asked a federal appeals court to toss EPA's rule finalizing Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2020 to 2022, in a motion filed this week, arguing the agency hasn't conducted a required Endangered Species Act review.

  • Production Blog

    Estimating yield prior to harvest gives farmers all sorts of clues to help schedule harvest, sell the crop and pick new numbers for the coming year. (DTN photo by Katie Dehlinger)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    How and why Minnesota crop consultant and farmer Mark Nowak takes to the field to estimate corn yields.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Hurricane Ian is forecast to track over Florida, then into the Southeast in the next few days. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Hurricane Ian is likely to produce widespread heavy rains and potential flooding for Southeastern U.S. farmers. Producers with citrus groves in Florida, cottonfields in Georgia, and mature corn stands in North Carolina are taking note of the storm's track through their...

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Percent deviation from the 25-year trend for the top global producers and the world as a whole

  • Ag Policy Blog

    USDA released a proposed rule on Monday looking to address competition in livestock markets and protect producers from retaliatory practices from large packers. (DTN file photo)

    The proposed rule released by USDA on Monday is called the "Inclusive Competition and Market Integrity Under the Packers and Stockyards Act." The notice defining and spelling out the rule is 180 pages long.

  • Sort & Cull

    So often, we hear about the differences that one generation has with the next. This past week I was reminded it doesn't have to be that way. (Photo by ShayLe Stewart)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Different generations of farmers and ranchers have different ways of doing things. But instead of letting those differences be polarizing, the industry would be better off to lean into rich mentorship, which benefits all parties involved.

  • Technically Speaking

    When many central banks joined the Federal Reserve in hiking interest rates last week, it raised concerns about other economies headed for slower growth ahead and pushed the U.S. Dollar Index to its highest level in over 20 years, a bearish environment for U.S. commodity prices (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    Many of the world's central banks joined last week's rate increase by the Federal Reserve and raised concerns about slower growth ahead.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Mississippi River hydrograph at Memphis is well below levels where barges can move through safely. (Graphic courtesy National Weather Service)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    Water levels in the Lower Mississippi River have been falling for months and relief may not be in sight.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Jason Jenkins and Susan Payne joined the DTN/Progressive Farmer team in late summer. (DTN photos)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    DTN welcomes two new staff aboard, with Jason Jenkins and Susan Payne adding to DTN's bench of journalism excellence.

  • South America Calling

    Rainfall amounts during the next 10 days from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasting suggests widespread moderate to heavy rainfall for much of Brazil's growing areas. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Despite La Nina conditions that typically lead to drier weather in southern Brazil and a delay to the wet season in central Brazil, rainfall during the last week and forecast for the coming week are favoring a good start to full-crop corn and first-crop soybean planting.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Agriculture-productivity growth has stayed ahead of population growth by substituting fossil fuels for human labor. The next challenge for techno-optimists is decarbonization. (DTN file photo by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The techno-optimists have been right (and the Malthusians wrong) about agriculture's ability to keep up with population growth, but a new book challenges techno-optimism on the decarbonization front.

  • MachineryLink

    AGCO CEO Eric Hansotia said the farm equipment manufacturer is working down a list of 150 items it believes are important to automating machinery operations -- the technical steps that increase yield and reduce input costs -- and importantly, generate a payback for farm operators of about 1 to 2 years. (Photo courtesy of AGCO)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    AGCO's CEO Eric Hansotia talks to DTN/Progressive Farmer about energy challenges in its Europe factories and the company's march through automation toward autonomy.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    A national map of corn yield estimates as of Aug. 8, 2022. Darker shades of green represent higher corn yield averages. (Chart courtesy of Gro Intelligence)

    The 2022 DTN Digital Yield Tour, powered by Gro Intelligence, found yield prospects lacking in many areas of the county. During August, other crop tours and national estimates offered their assessments. Here's a summary.