Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    The blue line represents the growth in principal field crop production on the Prairies during the past 10 years, while the brown line represents the trend in primary elevator shipments during the same period, as reported by the Canadian Grain Commission. The trendline equations point to a larger coefficient for the production equation, signaling a faster pace of increase. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Despite Canada's two major railways reaching record volumes moved, their ability to supply hopper cars has not met demand for shipping this crop year and the trend in prairie shipping is lagging the growth in production.

  • South America Calling

    Rainfall during the next 10 days is expected to be below normal for most of the major growing regions. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Soybean harvest continues to lag the normal pace, but the rate of progress is normal, given the two-week delay to the start of the main growing season. Dryness in Argentina will continue during the next 10 days while showers in Brazil will become more isolated next week.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Year-round dairy workers are excluded from the seasonal H-2A guest worker program, but the Farm Workforce Modernization Act would change the program to allow H-2A workers to remain in the country longer and work on farmers such as dairy operations. Like the last Congress, the bill will likely pass the House, but face long odds in the evenly-split Senate.  (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    Several House members on Wednesday reintroduced their Farm Workforce Modernization Act (FWMA), a bill that aims to provide a compromise solution to reform the H-2A agricultural guest-worker program and creates a first-of-its-kind, merit-based visa program specifically designed...

  • Ethanol Blog

    Language in a climate bill introduced by Democrats in the United States House of Representatives would make it more difficult for small refiners to apply for waivers to the Renewable Fuels Standard. It would also require EPA to aggressively consider new pathways for lowering the carbon intensity of renewable fuels. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    New legislation introduced in the United States House of Representatives on Tuesday would provide more transparency and set tighter deadlines for small refiners seeking exemptions to the Renewable Fuels Standard. The bill also would require EPA to make quicker decisions when...

  • Minding Ag's Business

    A new supplemental crop insurance coverage product called the Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO) may add to farmers' premiums, but they also add an additional layer of coverage. (Photo courtesy of Purdue University's Center for Commercial Agriculture)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    Higher crop insurance revenue guarantees for corn, soybeans and wheat will translate into higher premiums, but Purdue University experts recommend farmers don't skimp on coverage in order to save on premium.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    March rainfall shows a hint of above-normal totals only in the northern Midwest. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Early spring does not have much drought relief across the U.S. Great Plains.

  • Sort & Cull

    Live cattle prices sink to 10-year lows while boxed beef prices see unprecedented support. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Last week's cash cattle market averaged only $114 -- which is $10 to $44 weaker than years past.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Ag shippers have been suffering container problems since last year, and what started as pandemic-related issues has continued without much relief even as global shipping has seen a recovery. (Photo courtesy Bruce Abbe, CEO, Abbe Communications & Management Services)

    The lack of containers available for agriculture shippers has been ongoing since last year and has become a crisis, according to shippers.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    A literary rarity: a book with some nice things to say about large-scale commercial agriculture. (Photo of book cover by Urban Lehner)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    In his latest book, Harvard professor Robert Paarlberg has kind words for big commercial growers, somewhat less kind ones for large livestock producers and downright snarly ones for food companies.

  • Technically Speaking

    Kansas City wheat has an ascending triangle pattern unfolding, which would suggest a continuation of the uptrend. (DTN/ProphetX chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the wheat market.

  • MachineryLink

    (Progressive Farmer photo by Steve Thompson)
    Posted

    Steve Thompson answers readers' questions about round baler tying problems and converting a tractor from a 6-volt to 12-volt system.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Matrix showing prospective 2021/22 U.S. corn ending stocks with various combinations of planted area and yields

  • Production Blog

    Need more details on genetic engineering? Here are a few favorite books from my library shelves. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    There's plenty to read if you want to firm up your knowledge about genetically engineering crops.

  • Editors' Notebook

    It was tough to find anything, this year or any other, that had more influence on life in general than the coronavirus pandemic. (DTN photo collage by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Our annual look back on the major ag stories of the year was perhaps as painful as the year itself.