Blogs

  • Production Blog

    Fagen Inc. employees form and pour concrete footings at Shell Rock Soy Processing in Shell Rock, Iowa. The crush plant, one of more than a dozen soy processing projects in the works, is expected to be operational by the end of the year. (DTN photo by Matthew Wilde)
    Posted by Matt Wilde , Progressive Farmer Crops Editor

    The explosive growth of domestic soybean crush that will consume hundreds of millions of bushels of soybeans is a game changer for farmers and the industry.

  • Ethanol Blog

    The EPA is expected to release a proposal for 2023 Renewable Fuel Standard volumes by September. (DTN file photo)

    EPA is expected to officially announce on Monday a settlement with Growth Energy that will require the agency to propose 2023 Renewable Fuel Standard volumes by Sept. 16.

  • Canada Markets

    The year-to-year move in Statistics Canada's summerfallow acre estimate points to the wettest years on the Prairies in recent history, with 2010 and 2011 standing out from all others. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    This study looks at recent weather maps indicating wet springs, along with Statistics Canada's summerfallow acre estimates and the change in seeded acres from the March Intentions report to the final acres reported in December.

  • MachineryLink

    The used equipment market has been on a tear for two years. Used tractor prices are up 50%. But then, new equipment prices show no sign of easing either. Prices rose more than 11% last year and will keep on going up in 2022 and 2023. (Photo courtesy of Massey Ferguson)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    It's been a tough 2022 for U.S. farmers in the market for equipment. Farm equipment prices -- new and used -- are only going up while supplies are going down.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    The labor force participation rate, which has been declining slowly for decades, plummeted during the early months of COVID and is still below pre-pandemic levels. (Graph courtesy U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Demand for labor is strong, but the labor force participation rate still hasn't returned to where it was before the pandemic. Should the boomers be blamed?

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains for the week ended May 19 was $17 lower on average versus two weeks ago. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was $17 lower on average versus two weeks ago.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Summertime offers mostly below normal precipitation for the interior U.S. with no improvement in pasture and hay conditions. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    Low hay and pasture supply could force extensive western U.S. cow herd liquidation.

  • South America Calling

    Temperatures are likely to fall below 3 Celsius (37 Fahrenheit) marked in yellow for May 20, representing the best risk for frost conditions in a cold pattern this week. (National Institute of Meteorology graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Southern Brazil has escaped the greatest risk of frost this week thanks to cloud cover and elevated winds. Skies clear out and calm down for Friday and Saturday, which may still bring morning frost to portions of southern Brazil's safrinha corn crop.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Long-term CME soybean meal/corn ratio on per ton basis with average and plus and minus one and two standard deviations from January 1990 to the present.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    The House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday advanced several bills in areas, including a bill that would create a special investigator office at USDA to investigate meatpacking market manipulation issues.  (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    The House Agriculture Committee advanced several bills in areas, including a bill that would create a special investigator office at USDA to investigate meatpacking market manipulation issues.

  • Technically Speaking

    This is a daily chart of September Paris milling wheat futures gapping higher to a new contract high. A similar pattern existed early Monday with the three U.S. wheat markets. (DTN ProphetX chart by Dana Mantini)

    Over the weekend, more bad news emerged for world wheat markets. Just days after USDA projected India wheat production to be nearly record high and India wheat exports to reach a record high 8.5 mmt (312 mb), India chose to ban all wheat exports beginning in July. The net...

  • Sort & Cull

    In this upcoming week's cash cattle market, feedlots know that it's going to become tougher and tougher to hold the market at steady levels and that packer interest could die at any second and turn the market into a ghost town. (Photo by DTN)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Packers know that the market favors their position for now, but when the cattle that are currently fed get worked through, the cash market is going to drastically change to favor feedlots.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Agricultural loan volumes surged in the first quarter of 2022 primarily due to increased lending to help farmers cover their operating expenses. (Graphic courtesy of Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City)

    A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City finds that a record number of operating loans surpassed $1 million in the first quarter of 2022, reflecting soaring prices for inputs.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Ukraine's farmers will begin to harvest their winter wheat crop in June, but there is uncertainty on whether the country will be able to export grain out of the country. (File photo by Kavardakova)
    Posted by Elaine Shein , Associate Managing Editor

    During an international video meeting of agricultural journalists this week, a Ukrainian ag journalist gave a glimpse of some of the challenges farmers as well as journalists are facing in his country after the Russian invasion.