Blogs

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The seven-day total precipitation outlook looks rather quiet for the Northern Plains. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    The Northern Plains is expected to see mostly below normal precipitation during the next 10 days. This will allow the corn harvest to continue.

  • Sort & Cull

    Ranchers have been going through their busiest time of the season, shipping calves, as they prepare for the long, cold winter ahead. (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Is $1 higher on last week's weighted average prices good, bad or indifferent?

  • An Urban's Rural View

    A 2016 USDA report stated that family farms -- small, large and medium -- accounted for 99% of farms and 89% of production in 2015, yet many people think big corporations own most of the U.S. farms. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    USDA keeps debunking the misperception that big companies own all the farms, but the myth persists.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Percent change in U.S. corn, soybean and wheat ending stocks from the November to December WASDE reports from 1995 to 2018.

  • Technically Speaking

    The $31.59 corrective high in December soybean oil is now arguably the most important technical level in this market. A break of that level would render the prior price action from recent highs as corrective. (DTN chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the grain markets.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    The House of Representatives is taking up a bill that would overhaul the H-2A program. In a Georgia farm, workers sort through Vidalia onions. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    The House of Representatives will consider the Farm Workforce Modernization Act this week, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., announced late Friday. Hoyer did not list a date for consideration of the bill, but the House Rules Committee has announced it will meet on...

  • Market Matters Blog

    Barges waiting in downtown St. Paul in early November were eventually moved south ahead of the winter closure, many of them still empty. (Photo by Mary Kennedy)

    After a rough start to the 2019 shipping season due to unrelenting flooding, the Upper Mississippi River has closed for the winter. Not far behind is the end to the grain shipping season on the Great Lakes.

  • Production Blog

    Producers with Federal Crop Insurance and standing crops can request more time to harvest, but a Dec. 10 deadline looms to qualify. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Crops standing in the field have another deadline -- this one involves crop insurance.

  • Canada Markets

    This chart highlights the year-over-year change in Canada's forecast production for selected crops, from 2018-19 to 2019-20, based on the November estimates released on Dec. 6. Statistics Canada asked for producers' best estimate of what has or will be harvested. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Statistics Canada released its November production estimates on Dec. 6, although harvest will continue into spring in many areas of the country, adding to uncertainty.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Refiners and biodiesel companies alike are pushing for a renewal of the blenders tax credit yet this year. (Photo by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A refining company launched a new digital advertising campaign launched in Washington, D.C., to convince lawmakers to approve a renewal of the biodiesel blenders tax credit.

  • South America Calling

    Cattle on feed at an Iowa feedyard. At least one cattlemen's group has asked Treasury Department officials to review the purchase of National Beef Co. by Brazilian packer Marfrig Global Foods. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)

    The U.S. Cattlemen's Association wants the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. to look into the purchase of National Beef by Brazil's Marfrig Global Foods.

  • Editors' Notebook

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

    While this holiday is usually one for reflection, it has your Editor looking forward, with anticipation of our 2019 DTN Ag Summit.

  • MachineryLink

    Deere said limited X9 combines will be available for demonstration during the 2020 harvest season. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Joel Reichenberger)
    Posted by Joel Reichenberger , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    John Deere's new X9 combine had an increase in capacity and efficiency. With its matching draper, the combine is designed for difficult small grain and high-moisture corn harvesting conditions.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Good leaders use a metaphorical telescope to create and implement a vision of what they want their business to grow into over the long term. (Photo courtesy of Tobias Lindman, CC BY 2.0)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    It's hard to maintain a positive outlook with the trade war, tough growing season, thin profit margins, etc., but it's worth the effort. Research shows positive leadership is a competitive advantage.