Blogs

  • Editors' Notebook

    Checking canola to see when it might be ready to harvest a few years ago. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Elaine Shein , Associate Managing Editor

    During Dad's last year, he gazed from a care facility window as the seasons changed and so did his life. Our almost daily phone calls from 1,165 miles apart kept us closer than ever.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Severe storms are expected from northeast Minnesota into the southern Great Lakes Wednesday afternoon through the overnight hours. A moderate risk of severe weather issued by the Storm Prediction Center does not happen often in this area of the country and should be taken seriously. (NOAA image)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    A frontal boundary will bring severe storms to portions of the Upper Midwest Wednesday afternoon through the overnight hours. All forms of severe weather will be possible but very strong wind gusts are the largest threat.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    A group of western lawmakers called on Agriculture Secretary to provide more relief to farmers and ranchers impacted by drought. Another group of lawmakers are also pushing for more flexibility to hay Conservation Reserve Program acres as well. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    As drought pressures increase, 44 members of Congress wrote USDA on Tuesday seeking more relief for farmers and ranchers affected by drought. Some lawmakers also introduced a bill that would open up Conservation Reserve Program acres to haying earlier in the year under...

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Seasonality of U.S. corn crop ratings from week 23 to week 39

  • Canada Markets

    The blue bars on this chart represent the monthly Canadian canola crush for 2020-21, with 829,846 mt crush in June. This is compared to the 2019-20 crush (brown bars) and the three-year average (black dotted line). (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Despite shrinking canola stocks, the June canola crush volume was up from the previous month and higher than the three-year average.

  • Ethanol Blog

    A number of ethanol companies have pledge to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. (DTN file photo)

    Seventy ethanol companies that are members of the Renewable Fuels Association pledge to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 or earlier, in letter to President Joe Biden.

  • Sort & Cull

    Although cattlemen understand that the long-term trajectory of the market is positive, they still have to navigate through the challenging waters of today. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Becky Mills)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    The challenge always is to understand how one overcomes today's trials in order to thrive in tomorrow's successes.

  • Technically Speaking

    DTN''s National Corn Index closed at $6.21 Friday, continuing to correct lower since the May 7 high of $7.48, while traders track weather developments and try to estimate the size of the 2021 corn crop (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    Weekly charts for DTN national cash indices of corn, soybeans and hard red spring wheat show one correction, one bear trend and one bull market.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Both of these fields, one in northwest Minnesota and the other in northwest North Dakota, are coming fast and ready to harvest, according to the two farmers. (Photo on left courtesy Tim Dufault, Crookston, Minnesota, and photo on right Paul Anderson, Coleharbor, North Dakota.)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    After COVID-19 caused the cancellation of the 2020 spring wheat tour, scouts are ready to inspect fields in person.

  • Production Blog

    Spotted lanternfly adults are about 1 inch long and are more subdued in color when wings are closed, but reveal a display of red when unfurled. (Photo by Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    The colorful, but very destructive spotted lanternfly has traveled farther west to Indiana. Farmers are asked to keep an eye open for the pest.

  • MachineryLink

    To fix an alignment problem, try to pin one side of the bucket first. This will allow the free cylinder to extend or retract by itself since less pressure is needed to move it in or out than the one hooked to the bucket. (DTN photo by Steve Thompson)
    Posted

    Ask the Mechanic's columnist Steve Thompson tells you the best way to align the cylinders on a front-end loader and why it's not a good idea to run a tractor without a battery.

  • South America Calling

    Very few areas have received anything close to normal precipitation during the last three months and corn has had constant weather challenges this season. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Myriad weather challenges has filled out the second season (safrinha) corn crop from start to end. As more of the damaged crop is harvested, producers in Brazil will likely welcome the end of the season and prepare for the new soybean season.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    The pandemic dampened travel for several months but now as more people take to the air again, airline tickets have also soared. Other goods and services are also expected to rise. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Despite back-to-back months of 5% increases in consumer prices, the Federal Reserve isn't hurrying to raise interest rates.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    DTN's recent special series called Keep the Good Times Rolling explored ways farmers can take advantage of strong corn and soybean prices to set their businesses up for success when the price cycle turns lower. (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    While few farmers consider drought or knee-muck to be good times, from a revenue perspective, this year presents the best opportunity for profits in nearly a decade. Here are the top suggestions from a recent DTN series on ways farmers can capitalize on current markets...