Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    This chart shows the year-over-year change in yield in hardest-hit Saskatchewan (blue bars), with most crop yields shown down from 36.6% lower than the previous year (spring wheat) to 56.4% lower (durum). Soybean yields were an exception, increasing by 2 bpa or 10% from the weaker-than-average yield achieved in 2020. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Statistics Canada reduced the size of the Prairies' crop in the Dec. 3 production estimates, while Ontario achieved record row crop yields.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains during the week ended Dec. 2 was up $1 on average versus two weeks ago. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was up $1 on average versus two weeks ago.

  • South America Calling

    The precipitation forecast across Brazil for the next two weeks is showing a very stark contrast from north to south as early planted crops get into reproductive stages of growth. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Precipitation during the next several weeks is going to be paramount to the record production forecast for Brazil soybeans as they enter flowering stages of growth. Full-season corn is also hoping for good rains as it enters pollination.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    USDA will now allow producers to hay, graze or chop cover crops and still receive a full prevented planting payment. The Agency is adjusting its "1 in 4" planting and harvesting requirements as well for prevented planting payments. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    The Risk Management Agency made a couple of announcements on Tuesday. One loosened some rules for prevented planting acres and the other one included the roll out of a new program for small-scale producers.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Jerome Powell, as chairman of the Federal Reserve, is one of the world's most powerful men. But in his second term, Powell will be taking on the painful part of the Fed's mission. (Public domain photo)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Jerome Powell's second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve Board doesn't look like it will be a lot of fun. Inflation is going strong and financial markets are pricing in an interest-rate increase for next May.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    U.S. soybean and corn total export shipments through the third week in November in million bushels (mb) vs. those shipments as a percent of the November USDA WASDE export projection

  • Ethanol Blog

    Tuesday was the deadline for the EPA to finalize Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2022. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    The deadline for EPA to finalize Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2022 has passed, now the biofuels industry waits.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The typical storm track across North America for the next week will flow between a ridge of high pressure in the West and a trough of low pressure in the East. (Tropical Tidbits graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Several small disturbances will move across the northern tier of the U.S. and southern Canada for the next week.

  • Sort & Cull

    With the live cattle market leading the way, the feeder cattle market is encouraged to rally alongside the live cattle market. (DTN ProphetX graphic)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Corn prices, processing speeds and beef demand will weigh heavily on the success of this market's rally, but as the market sits today, the bull spreaders aren't fearful of the days ahead and anxiously welcome the new year's approach.

  • Technically Speaking

    Heating oil found support at the 200-day moving average Friday and overnight, an encouraging technical sign. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    Gasoline and crude oil futures suffered large selloffs Friday.

  • MachineryLink

    Case IH Maxxum 145 CVXDrive loader. (DTN photo courtesy of Case IH)

    MachineryLink looks at updated Case IH tractors with new features, tool-heavy Toolcats and a Honda autonomous cart tested at a construction site but perhaps someday be a tool around the farm.

  • Production Blog

    A simple cupped hand to the ear might send a signal that hearing is difficult. Holidays and other social gatherings require hearing impaired advocate for themselves.
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Tips to handle the holiday buzz and winter meetings when your ears are a disability.

  • Editors' Notebook

    DTN posts market commentary, data and market updates throughout the day. The easy way to find all of it in one location is with a DTN subscription. (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

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  • Minding Ag's Business

    If farmers don't plan to prepay for next year's inputs early enough, they could be stuck paying high prices at equipment auctions to reduce their tax bill for 2021. (DTN file photo)

    Farmers should talk to input suppliers about their plans to prepay for next year's inputs as soon as possible if they're relying on it as a tax strategy in 2021. Shortages are widespread and many suppliers are requiring farmers to take delivery to prevent issues down the road...