Blogs

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Central Illinois soybean crush margin, the average seen from January 2008 to January 2022, along with the plus and minus one and two standard deviation figures.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    In the past three months, drought is worse in the U.S. Southern Plains and better in the West, Northwest, and Northern Plains. (NDMC graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    La Nina-related dryness in the Southern Plains is evident in drought changes during the past three months.

  • Canada Markets

    Prairie durum bids have fallen from $37.75/mt in southeast Saskatchewan to $40.14/mt in southern Alberta during the Jan. 10-19 period. Saskatchewan prices remain above the lows reached in early October, while the average Alberta bid is the lowest seen since mid-October. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Despite a turn-around seen across many of the grain markets this week, durum bids continue to face pressure.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Today the divide is much less black and white, more shades of gray. (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    We've reached a turning point in the COVID-19 story, the beginning of the new normal.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will appear Thursday virtually before the House Agriculture Committee in a hearing on the state of the rural economy. USDA released updates Wednesday spotlighting work at the department in areas such as climate change and developing more markets for agricultural products. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    Spotlighting the Biden administration's first year in office, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has released summaries of details regarding USDA's work combatting climate change and creating "more and better markets" ahead of his testimony Thursday before the House Agriculture...

  • Technically Speaking

    April lean hogs looks headed for a test of resistance at 89.65-89.675. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted

    A look at livestock futures.

  • MachineryLink

    Commercial farmers and small landowners purchased 360,000 tractors and combines in 2021. (DTN photo courtesy of AGCO/Fendt)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Despite supply chain challenges for tires, electronics and computer chips, farm equipment manufacturers pushed 360,000 tractors and combines out the factory door in 2021. Sales rose at least 10% and much more in some equipment categories.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains during the week ended Jan. 13 was up $3 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 was up $3 on average versus one week ago.

  • South America Calling

    Rains are set to return across Argentina and southern Brazil during the next 10 days. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    After weeks of hot and dry conditions that have caused crop conditions to steadily decline, widespread heavy showers are forecast for about a week across Argentina and Southern Brazil.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Some oil pipeline projects have drawn heavy local opposition in recent years. Now, Archer Daniels Midland announced plans to collect carbon dioxide emissions from two ethanol plants in Iowa and pipe the CO2 to a sequestration site in Illinois. (DTN file photo by Rob Lagerstrom)

    Archer Daniels Midland plans to build a carbon dioxide pipeline to connect two of its ethanol plants in Iowa to a carbon sequestration site in Illinois.

  • Sort & Cull

    Before the first week of 2022 had even had a chance to pass by, we stumbled upon our first hurdle -- slower processing speeds. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)

    With an aggressive kill schedule throughout the fourth quarter of 2021, market-ready supplies of fat cattle are extremely current for the time being. But it doesn't take the market very long to see supplies back up; we all remember how painful it was to work through...

  • Minding Ag's Business

    (Filo, Getty Images, photo illustration by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    It appears farmers' cost structure will be very different in the year ahead, so much so that it's going to force deep consideration this winter of what crops to plant and how to get the best yields with reduced or limited fertilizer and chemicals.

  • Editors' Notebook

    We take our annual look at the big stories of the past year. (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    From winter derecho winds to cyber bandits, 2021 brought some unique stories to agriculture.

  • Production Blog

    Take care of your sprayer and it will take care of plenty of jobs around the farm. It's time to winterize and inspect it before putting it away for winter. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    The most used piece of equipment on the farm needs some TLC now before it is time to spray again.