Blogs

  • Production Blog

    About four weeks after soybean planting is a good time to dig to look for soybean cyst nematode. The adult SCN females are small and white compared to nitrogen-fixing nodules. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Get a jump-start on SCN detection by digging soybean roots this summer. Begin four weeks after planting to find the small, white, adult SCN females.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Among the news this week is DTN Contributing Analyst Elaine Kub's announcement of a sabbatical of sorts as she trades checking cows for studying case law. Link to her latest Kub's Den column in the story. (Photo courtesy of Elaine Kub)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    We tackle crop numbers, livestock outlooks, and share the career change of one of our most popular columnists.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The Canadian drought monitor update from this week shows very limited areas of drought currently in the region, a stark turnaround from last month. (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada graphic)

    An active weather pattern across the Canadian Prairies this spring, and especially in May, has led to vast reduction in drought coverage across the region.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains for the week ended June 13 is down $2 per ton on average versus one week ago. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains is down $2 on average versus one week ago.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Laborers head to the orchards on a farm in Oregon. USDA on Friday announced a $50 million grant program to help farmers recruit farm workers from Central America, but also improve the work standards for those workers that are recruited as well. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    The grants to farms range from as small as $25,000 to as large as $1.72 million. Most of the grant awardees note the challenge of finding workers and labor shortages they face. While most of the farms are involved in fruit and vegetable production, others also are custom...

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    First soybean crop rating of each year from 1990 to 2024 vs. the combined percent in the good or excellent category.

  • Ethanol Blog

    The Renewable Fuels Association's 2022 Ford Escape combines flex fuel technology with plug-in electric hybrid technology. (Photo courtesy Renewable Fuels Association)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Environmental Editor

    A new study from the Renewable Fuels Association found several advantages to combining flex fuel vehicle technology with electric vehicles.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Scientists have solved the mystery of why some families, like the family of this book's author, have so many members with cancer. They haven't yet found a cure. (Photo of "A Fatal Inheritance: How a Family Misfortune Revealed a Deadly Medical Mystery" cover)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., and despite significant progress, cancer scientists are a long way from conquering it.

  • Sort & Cull

    A reduction in the market's weekly cow kill could help keep cash cattle prices strong if beef demand remains elevated. (DTN file photo by Gregg Hillyer)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Thus far in 2024, the market processed an average of 57,106 head of beef cows a week, which is considerably lower given the fact that in recent years the industry has seen mass liquidation. To date, in 2023, weekly cow slaughter averaged 67,226 head and in 2022 averaged...

  • Technically Speaking

    The first of two main differences in corn and Chicago wheat in early 2024 is that Chicago wheat traded at new 2024 highs in May and corn did not. The second is that July corn has pulled back closer to its April low in early June than Chicago wheat has, a sign of stronger potential support for wheat. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    After trading higher in late April and May, July contracts of both corn and wheat have fallen back the past two weeks, but it is Chicago wheat that may have stronger potential for technical support.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Changes to the rules surrounding livestock risk protection insurance have made it easier and more affordable to access in recent years. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)

    On Friday, June 14, DTN will host a webinar examining the cattle market's long-term outlook and how producers can use livestock risk protection insurance to protect their business from downside market risk.

  • Canada Markets

    After a slow start to planting in Canada and freeze damage in northern Europe, November canola prices are up 12% and August rapeseed is up 18% the past three months. With a new season underway, canola appears to have resistance near C$700 as rapeseed tests 500 euros. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    After three months of higher prices, canola in Canada and rapeseed prices in Europe may be encountering resistance as traders assess this year's new crops.

  • South America Calling

    Limited rainfall is forecast in south-central Brazil but may be locally heavy as forecast by the European model. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    It has been very dry for more than a month in safrinha corn growing areas in central and south-central Brazil. Many have not seen a drop in over six weeks. But a front coming up from the south gives some hope to a crop that is not yet mature and could use the rain that...

  • MachineryLink

    AGCO has opened Fendt Lodge in Jackson, Minnesota. It is Fendt's brand home and a place where farmer customers will see and even experience Fendt's product line. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Dan Miller)

    DTN/Progressive Farmer spoke with AGCO's CEO Eric Hansotia about Precision Planting's newest weed management technology, Fendt Lodge and Fendt's marketing strategies.