Blogs

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    10-state objective corn plant population in plants per acre vs. the implied ear weight in pounds per ear

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    On Tuesday, Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Hoeven, R-N.D., said at a markup of the fiscal year 2020 Agriculture appropriations bill it is "critical" that the continuing resolution to fund the government to allow the Agriculture Department to continue...

  • Canada Markets

    Prairie durum prices reported by pdqinfo.ca on Monday showed signs of life, ranging from $3.84/mt to $7.50/mt higher across the six Prairie regions monitored. The price move seen across southern Saskatchewan and Alberta is plotted on this chart. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    There are signals that point to growing concern about the delayed durum harvest on the Prairies and northern states, both in terms of the early start to exports and as well as cash bids. This year bears a resemblance to 2014 when prices moved sharply higher.

  • MachineryLink

    John Deere offers a handful of factory-installed technology options on its 6Ms, including StarFire 6000, AutoTrac and JDLink. Here, Deere's 6120M tractor is matched with the 600R loader. (Photo courtesy of John Deere)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    A popular tractor series for John Deere, the 6M performs work on dairy, livestock, hay and other diversified operations, including mowing and snow removal. The 2020 6M series tractors mount power plants ranging from 110 horsepower to 195 hp.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Siouxland Energy Cooperative in northwest Iowa is idling production at its 90-million-gallon corn-ethanol plant. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Siouxland Energy Cooperative has decided to idle its corn-ethanol plant in northwest Iowa.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and experts placed stoplogs (a temporary metal structure used to retain a volume of water) and started to drain Bonneville Lock on Sept. 7 to begin the repair process and return the lock to operation as quickly and safely as possible. (Photo courtesy of the USACE Portland District)

    The Bonneville Lock and Dam located east of Portland, Oregon, in the Columbia River Gorge, a crucial link for wheat exports to the Pacific Northwest, was shut down recently because of damage found in the lock.

  • Technically Speaking

    RBOB Gasoline futures are putting forth an almost textbook island-bottom reversal pattern with Monday's strength. The formation would be expected to produce additional strength in the days and weeks ahead. (DTN ProphetX Chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the energy markets.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Test weight is likely to be a determining factor of this year's yield potential. USDA weighs corn as part of its yield methodology (above), but most satellite-driven models rely on plants' vegetative health for clues on kernel fill. (DTN File Photo)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    Farmers aren't the only ones being tested by this year's weather; satellite-driven yield models will have to prove they've accounted for all the variables that influence yield.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Brush up on how exactly cold temperatures -- from a light frost to a killing freeze -- affect immature corn and soybeans in the field. (DTN photo by Scott Kemper)
    Posted by Emily Unglesbee , DTN Staff Reporter

    Here's a quick refresher on exactly how cold temperatures affect immature corn and soybeans.

  • Sort & Cull

    After accumulating record net-long positions in live cattle in April 2019, noncommercials have been under pressure to liquidate ever since and are nearly back to a neutral position as December cattle prices near their 2016 low of $96.10 (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    DTN's technical analysis of live cattle, feeder cattle and lean hogs.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The transition of homo sapiens from hunter-gathers to farmers used to be considered a good thing. Now some scholars are challenging that view.

  • South America Calling

    Combines roll during soybean harvest in Mato Grosso, Brazil, last February. As fires rage in the Amazon rainforest, Cargill Inc., a major soybean buyer in Brazil, is under fire as groups claim Cargill and other agribusinesses drive deforestation in Brazil. Cargill sees a distinction between rainforest and Cerrado lands in parts of the country. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)

    Cargill, the largest private company in the U.S., is increasingly under pressure for its sourcing of soybeans and other agricultural commodities in Brazil. At least one environmental group has branded Cargill the "worst company on the planet" after Cargill came out and said it...

  • Production Blog

    University of Guelph student Isabelle Aicklen tries to answer farmer questions about weed control from Jenny Schweigert (right) during a national weed science contest. Her answers are being judged by Gary Schwarzlose, Bayer. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    We know weeds are competitive with crops, but did you know weed science is a competitive event?

  • Editors' Notebook

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

    DTN has several upcoming webinars that will delve into expectations for the 2019 harvest and grain marketing strategies to consider as we go through harvest.