Blogs

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Employees say they're more productive working from home but many employers want them back in the office. (Photo by Chris Montgomery, Unsplash license)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    More employees are being required to spend at least part of their time in the office, but a lot of people still work remotely full time. That's good for rural America.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack touts the importance of the CCC and crop insurance, but a panel of former USDA economists raises questions about those programs' futures. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack pointed to the expansion of crop insurance coverage and the Commodity Credit Corporation as important tools to support farm incomes at USDA's Agricultural Outlook Forum. However, a panel of former USDA chief economists see issues that could...

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Noting that four packers control more than 80% of fed-cattle slaughter, a pair of senators are calling on their colleagues not to include language in a USDA funding bill that would block USDA from finishing a series of new Packers and Stockyards Act rules. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Right now, the House appropriations bill for USDA includes language that would prevent USDA from spending any money further drafting or implementing new competition rules under the P&S Act. A pair of U.S. senators wrote their colleagues this week to reject any such policy...

  • Production Blog

    An annual early season planting survey examines the anticipated number of U.S. cotton acres in 2024. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    The National Cotton Council sees fewer cotton acres for 2024 as weak demand and higher input costs pressure profitability.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Temperatures east of the Rockies through the end of February continue to be very warm, despite some systems moving through with brief bursts of cooler air. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Despite a pair of systems moving through over the next week, temperatures through the end of February -- the end of meteorological winter -- continue to be very warm.

  • Canada Markets

    AAFC's February estimates included a lower revision to canola exports, resulting in a 2 mmt carryout forecast for 2023-24 (yellow bar, the highest in four years. The brown line with markers represents the change in stocks/use, forecast at 11.1% for 2023-24, also the highest in four years. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    AAFC revised its forecast for 2023-24 canola exports lower for the first time in six months, while the slow pace of movement may require more downward revisions.

  • Technically Speaking

    A similar steep drop in corn prices in 2014 shows the downtrend was interrupted by a sharp reversal in October as a record 14.2-billion-bushel corn crop was being harvested -- a bullish technical turn amid a bearish fundamental situation. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    Spot corn prices experienced a similar sharp drop in 2013 and 2014, giving us a hint of what to look for in 2024.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains for the week ended Feb. 15 is down $2 per ton on average versus one week ago. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains is down $2 versus one week ago.

  • South America Calling

    Soil moisture in Brazil is fair for any crop in the ground now, but is way below normal levels as shown by this anomaly map. (CPC graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Rainfall in Brazil has been consistent, but amounts have not been up to snuff and soil moisture is behind schedule for the safrinha corn crop that is now being planted.

  • MachineryLink

    Sales of large farm tractors were up slightly, 1.4%., in January. Sales in all other tractor categories and combines were down last month compared to the same month in 2023. (Photo courtesy of Case IH)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Sales of four-wheel-drive agriculture tractors grew slightly in January compared to same-month sales the year before. But sales of all two-wheel drive tractors and combines were down for the month.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Percent change between the USDA Ag Outlook projections for corn and the final estimates for food-seed-industrial usage (FSI), feed utilization, planted area and yield vs. the percent differences for exports and average farm price.

  • Sort & Cull

    Sharply higher fat cattle prices may have been the talking point of last week's market, but don't overlook the strength of the feeder cattle complex. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    With the beef cow herd dramatically reduced, some feeder cattle buyers have already begun to buy grass calves.

  • Ethanol Blog

    In a letter to President Joe Biden, thousands of farmers ask the administration to not forget biofuels' role in reducing carbon emissions. (DTN file photo)

    Thousands of farmers express concern about the national push toward using more electric vehicles to reduce carbon emissions, in a letter to President Joe Biden on Wednesday.

  • Editors' Notebook

    While it isn't the first time a farm bill was extended in the United States, there's a new reason behind why the 2023 farm bill failed to launch: the level of dysfunction within Congress. (Image by smartboy10, Getty Images)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Here's why you should be aware of the stories on DTN's 2023 Top 10 Ag Stories list, and perhaps care more about the impact of some of the sleeper subjects on the list.