Blogs

  • Ethanol Blog

    President Donald Trump announced on Saturday his administration will allow the sale of E15 in existing E10 ethanol pumps. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    New legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives would set a high-octane standard that would benefit ethanol producers.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    On a macro level we have long noted the buoyant action of the stock market reflects optimism about the future, both in increased economic activity and hopes that a vaccine will soon emerge.

  • Canada Markets

    The blue bars of the stacked column charts represent the estimated percent of select Saskatchewan crops harvested as of Sept. 21, while the brown bars represent the percentage swathed or ready to straight combine, both measured against the primary vertical axis. The line with markers represents the percentage change over the five-year average for the sum of these percentages, as measured against the secondary vertical axis. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The Saskatchewan harvest is nearing final stages and is well-ahead of the average pace. We look at the pace of harvest (percent harvested plus percent swathed or ready to straight combine) and compare this to the five-year average for this week. Of the crops selected, all...

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Barges are a common site on the Mississippi River, but not so much on the Missouri River. A group of lawmakers on the southern portion of the Missouri River want the Corps of Engineers to maintain the navigation channel as more businesses try to start navigation on the river.  (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Senators and congressmen from Missouri, as well as senators from Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska wrote the letter to Corps officials citing that "there is a critically dire situation related to navigation challenges along the Missouri River where serious barge traffic accidents have...

  • Sort & Cull

    Beef production is widespread through the nation. Listing state cow numbers by "cow density" reminds us just how evident beef cattle production is in all 50 states. (DTN chart by Rick Kment)
    Posted by Rick Kment , DTN Analyst

    A trip through our great nation makes one realize just how vast and wide reaching the cattle industry really is. When state beef cattle totals are broken down, it becomes very clear that the beef industry is a nationwide endeavor.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Graphic cutline: Early October has a much cooler temperature pattern in store for the central and eastern U.S. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Widely varying temperatures and windy conditions highlight the end of September-early October forecast.

  • MachineryLink

    John Deere's TractorPlus App provides owners with convenient access to key parts of their operator's manual, to parts diagrams, and to parts ordering services. (Photo courtesy of John Deere)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Deere and AGCO roll out new technology, plus a bit on grain storage and storage buildings.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Should the U.S. abandon "strategic ambiguity" and tell China it will defend Taiwan militarily?

  • Market Matters Blog

    Spring wheat harvest in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, produced a much-improved quality in 2020 than 2019, but variable yields. (Photo by Matthew Krueger)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    The 2020 spring wheat crop fared better than the 2019 crop, but yields varied on timing of planting.

  • Technically Speaking

    This is a daily chart of November soybean futures, reaching over $10 per bushel for the first time in years. With the relative strength index (RSI) as of Sunday night at a lofty 83% and slow stochastics at a rare 98%, the momentum indicators are at the upper extreme, suggesting a correction is likely, but with no timetable. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the wheat market.

  • Production Blog

    A USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, National Identification Services (NIS) botanist examines seeds from an unsolicited package of seed. (Photo courtesy of USDA APHIS)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Officials are still digging into the origins of seeds that arrived in mailboxes this summer.

  • South America Calling

    Bright red over most of Brazil means short to very short soil moisture, including the top production state of Mato Grosso. (PECAD FAS graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Brazil's top soybean production state, Mato Grosso, has a later-than-average start to its rainy season indicated.

  • 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.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Soybeans will likely make up a large share of what China will purchase from the United States to fulfill phase one of their trade deal. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    China may be hard-pressed to make up ground to fulfill its $36.5-billion commitment to the United States in phase one of a trade deal.