Blogs

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Growing¬-degree-day totals are already running well behind average, due to the very cool temperature trend of spring 2019. (NOAA graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Below-normal temperatures forecast for the U.S. Corn Belt over the next seven days promise to offer only limited growing-degree-day totals for the much-delayed corn crop.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Ethanol producers Green Plains Inc., announced on Tuesday it was suspending its quarterly cash dividend. (Photo courtesy Green Plains Inc.)

    Ethanol producers Green Plains Inc., announced on Tuesday it was suspending quarterly cash dividends in light of struggles in the ethanol industry.

  • Canada Markets

    December MGEX spring wheat finished lower Tuesday for a third straight day with a 7 3/4 cent loss after testing various levels of support. A possible combination of commercial and noncommercial selling was behind the move. (DTN ProphetX graphic)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    December spring wheat closed lower for a third day on Tuesday, breaking certain levels of chart support while holding above others. It appears a combination of commercial and noncommercial selling interests may be behind the move.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    U.S. trading partners at the World Trade Organization have some questions about how USDA intends to implement disaster aid and the next round of Market Facilitation Program payments.

  • Market Matters Blog

    This graph shows the negative effect that flooding has had on barge movements on the Mississippi River moving through Locks 27 in Granite City Illinois. Those locks, also known as the Chain of Rocks Lock, are the last locks barges transit through on the Mississippi River heading to St. Louis. (Graph courtesy of the USDA's June 13 Grain Transportation Report)

    While water is beginning to recede in some areas along the Mississippi River and tributaries, transportation woes continue.

  • Technically Speaking

    August feeder cattle prices peaked in mid-April after an extended winter and rough calving season. Since then it's been all downhill, pressured by concerns that corn supplies will tighten in 2019 and the U.S. economy appears to be slowing. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    DTN's Technical Analysis of live cattle, feeder cattle and lean hogs.

  • Machinery Chatter

    There is no end to the ways you can mix fluids in a tractor. (Photo courtesy of Steve Thompson)
    Posted

    Ask the Mechanic Steve Thompson answers questions from readers about their equipment snags -- and offers thoughts on the "perfect farm."

  • Production Blog

    A proposed new rule on how USDA will regulate genetically-modified (GM) crop traits in the future was a little too obscure for many to take notice. But its impact on agriculture could far outstrip the flashier executive order on biotechnology regulation announced this week. (DTN file photo by Pam Smith, DTN graphic)
    Posted by Emily Unglesbee , DTN Staff Reporter

    Executive orders are very photogenic. Actual regulatory rules are less so. But the latter is probably more worth your attention.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Cumulative precipitation for the first five months of the year for the top 21 corn and soybean growing states

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Plant-based meat's niche in the market is likely to grow, but will it grow enough to justify Beyond Meat's meteoric stock price? (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Wall Street falls in love with an unprofitable maker of plant-based meat substitutes, valuing it more than an established processor of real meat with real profits.

  • Harrington's Sort & Cull

    John Harrington worked for DTN from 1985 until he retired in early 2019. (DTN file photo)
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    John Harrington, well-known and respected livestock analyst for DTN and Progressive Farmer, has died at the age of 67.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    China's been trading for 3,000 years, a history that helps it take a long-term view of the trading landscape. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    As the trade negotiations with China stall, something I heard last summer sounds truer than ever: U.S. tariffs are playing into China's long-term strategy for food security.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Tucked into commentary renewing the U.S. EPA's support for glyphosate's safety was a surprising negative comment. Too bad it came two decades too late.

  • South America Calling

    The seven-day total precipitation forecast continues to show a pattern of favorable moisture is maintained for development of second-crop corn in Brazil (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Central Brazil continues to see a very favorable weather pattern providing moisture for second-crop corn.