Blogs

  • Ag Policy Blog

    In a letter to congressional leaders, 40 agricultural groups wrote that Congress should not pass any tax bill that would change how stepped-up basis is granted to heirs. The farm groups also want to maintain Section 1031 like-kind exchanges on real estate and maintain the Section 199A qualified business income deduction. (DTN file image)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Agricultural groups are worried about President Joe Biden's proposal to eliminate stepped-up basis on inherited assets above a proposed $1 million exemption for an individual, or $2 million for married couple. While the White House has stated that protections would be created so a...

  • Canada Markets

    The long-term spot Canadian dollar monthly chart shows the exchange with the U.S. dollar moving to the 38.2% retracement of the move from the July 2011 high to the January 2016 low at $.8278 CAD/USD (horizontal red line) for a second time. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The Canadian dollar's exchange with the USD has reached resistance of the 38.2% retracement of the move from the spot dollar's 2011 high to 2016 low, while poised to break out of a range that has largely governed trade since early 2015.

  • MachineryLink

    Unfiltered fuel from the tank and water separator must move through a plastic screen before it enters the transfer pump. It can clog easily, not allowing the transfer pump to deliver fuel to the fuel filter. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Steve Thompson)
    Posted

    Steve Thompson answers readers' questions about a fuel delivery problem, fixes a plug, and tells how a cow got wrapped in wrap.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Temperatures east of the Rockies will remain cold for much of the week, including frost risk the next few nights. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Many crop areas had beneficial rain last week. Cold weather this week will slow growth with some risk of frost damage.

  • Sort & Cull

    Feedlots have got to see one side of the market give, in order for their own numbers to work out. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    High corn prices aren't necessarily a bad thing, but when high corn prices are stacked next to historically low live cattle prices, that's when the real crisis surfaces.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Both corn and soybean plantings are running ahead of schedule. That would set expectations for large increases in acreage for both above the prospective planting figures.

  • Market Matters Blog

    SSGA recently noted that it has been estimated $1.5 billion in ag exports have been lost during the container crisis, which has come on the heels of a pandemic that has also severely injured the market. (Photo by Michael Embrich, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    For over six months, U.S. exporters relying on container shipments have been suffering unreasonable practices by ocean carriers.

  • Technically Speaking

    The chart above is a daily chart of July corn, which has now rallied $2.17 just since March 31. Momentum indicators, which are not by themselves a reason to buy or sell, continue to flash overbought conditions. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    July corn might slow its ascent for a bit, but bullish factors remain.

  • Production Blog

    Record those baby steps as the crops emerge to learn more about how to pamper the crop the following year. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Record performance of seed varieties and input decisions throughout the season to get a head start on 2022.

  • South America Calling

    Dryness has encompassed the central Brazil growing areas for the past two months. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Dry weather during the last two months is wilting the safrinha corn crop in central Brazil. There are no signals to the contrary in the forecast.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Venture capital investment in agriculture doubled to $5 billion in 2020 as investors made a number of large investments, primarily in more established companies. (Chart courtesy of Finistere Ventures)

    According to a report that tracks equity investments in startup companies, the pandemic accelerated investment in the agtech industry with the value of new deals doubling from 2019 to 2020. The largest upticks were in the animal technology, supply chain, sustainability and...

  • An Urban's Rural View

    In a recent speech at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged not to interfere in other countries' affairs. He also criticized unnamed countries for bossing others around. (China Global Television Network YouTube video screenshot)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Imagining a world in which China was the dominant power.

  • Ethanol Blog

    The governor of Indiana vetoed a bill that would have required E15 pumps to be labeled in the state. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed legislation that would have labeled E15 pumps in the state.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Farmers are less concerned about COVID-19 effects on their business in 2021. In 2020, more that 55% of respondents were extremely or very worried about the pandemic. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    In livestock, and in the field, untreated units are the potential habitat for continued pest and disease issues. What say we humans?