Blogs

  • MachineryLink

    The image captured here from an animation shows how the header and combine are connected by the operator from the cab. (Photo courtesy of AGCO Corp.)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    AGCO is winning awards with its IDEAL combine, including a prestigious Davidson Prize this year for its AutoDock remote header docking system.

  • Sort & Cull

    With tightening supplies and excellent demand, the cattle market could see higher prices in the weeks to come.  (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    The biggest takeaway from the rally that's currently developing is that it could be sustained for a period of time, and the market is already seeing how it's supporting the entire cattle market, not just one side of the marketplace.

  • Canada Markets

    The blue line with markers represents China's ending wheat stocks, which the USDA has forecast to fall for the first time in eight years, in 2020-21. The brown line with markers represents estimated stocks for the rest of the world. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The USDA revised its estimate for global wheat stocks lower for a sixth straight month in April, while continuing to ratchet China's feed demand for wheat higher.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    To see the full picture on U.S. farm income forecast, a person needs to look at all the pieces including what is coming from COVID relief packages and how much are farm inputs rising. (DTN illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    USDA's farm income forecast for 2021 calls for lower net farm incomes, but that hardly tells the story.

  • Production Blog

    University of Georgia Nematologist Melissa Mitchum maintains the largest active collection of experimentally adapted SCN populations. (Photo courtesy of The SCN Coalition)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    A giant show-and-tell farm grows clues to fight back against soybean cyst nematode.

  • Market Matters Blog

    A Kansas City Southern engine behind a buffer car at the end of a tank car train pulled by the Canadian Pacific along the Mississippi River bluffs in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, late March. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    Four North American Class I railroads filed comments with the Surface Transportation Board opposing the merger without a strict review taking place.

  • Technically Speaking

    This is a daily chart of new-crop December corn futures. Despite breaking out of a bull flag chart pattern, December futures may correct to a support area first, before heading higher.
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    Markets are acting toppy in the short run.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack noted the USDA discretionary budget proposed by President Joe Biden would expand broadband access, provide more money for agricultural research, extension and outreach programs, address wildfires by providing more money for forest management and increase funding for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).  (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    The discretionary budget at USDA would increase 16% under President Joe Biden's proposal. Among the funding increases would be expanded broadband access, more money for agricultural research, extension and outreach programs, more money for forest management and an increase...

  • South America Calling

    Showers will continue to wane over the next couple days with little precipitation into next week across most of Brazil. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Central Brazil corn areas have seen only brief dryness easing in the past week. Dryness is set to return to safrinha corn through next week.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    March 1 on-farm stocks as a percent of total stocks and total stocks as percent of year ago figure for U.S. corn and soybeans

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The U.S. Drought Monitor shows many areas of the country in some form of dryness or drought as spring planting begins. (NDMC graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    The April 5 USDA weekly crop progress report showed a dramatic drop in soil moisture from the same point last year.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Semiconductors are the building blocks of technology. No modern economy can function without them. And they'll play an even more critical role in a future based on artificial intelligence, virtual reality, 5G broadband, self-driven cars and the Internet of things. (DTN file photo)

    Competition with China means the U.S. must rebuild its infrastructure and protect against losing its semiconductor-manufacturing base.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Poet LLC announced an expansion of purified alcohol production at its plant in Leipsic, Ohio. (Photo courtesy Poet LLC)

    Poet LLC announced it is expanding purified-alcohol production at an ethanol plant in Ohio and is launching a new label for renewable carbon dioxide and dry ice.

  • Editors' Notebook

    March 23, National Agriculture Day, includes a full set of virtual events celebrating U.S. agriculture. While this year we'll miss the ability to gather in Washington, D.C. and in towns across America, no year has shown us the importance and availability of food as has the past 12 months.
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    March 23, National Agriculture Day, includes a full set of virtual events celebrating U.S. agriculture. While this year we'll miss the ability to gather in Washington, D.C. and in towns across America, no year has shown us the importance and availability of food as has the past 12...