Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    Since reaching its March 16 low, the May rapeseed contract has gained 11.3%, while posting a convincing close above the 38.2% retracement of the January-March downtrend. The black line on the first study shows the old-crop-new-crop May/August spread close to returning to being inverted. The brown line on the lower study shows the rapeseed-canola spread widening in U.S. dollar terms. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Rapeseed in Europe continues to rally from its March low, while the U.S. dollar premium to canola strengthens, a supportive feature for canola.

  • Sort & Cull

    Ranchers are used to challenges beyond their control, yet they realize they have go on about business in the most normal fashion possible. (Photo by ShayLe Stewart)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Ranchers are used to challenges beyond their control, yet they realize they have go on about business in the most normal fashion possible.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Truck drivers have been deemed essential workers during the extent of the coronavirus pandemic, and they have been working hard to keep grocery stores and other essential business supplied with goods. In order to do that in an efficient manner, they need to have current weight limits increased equally across the country. (Photo by Mary Kennedy)

    Many states have increased truck weight limits to help trucks that are hauling goods during the coronavirus pandemic, but the industry wants an equal weight established for all 50 states.

  • Technically Speaking

    This monthly chart shows how June cattle prices have fallen back to their 2008 lows near $80, half the peak price of 2014 and a possible source of long-term support. In the 1980s and 1990s, $80 served as long-term resistance. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at monthly charts of live cattle, feeder cattle and lean hogs.

  • Production Blog

    My two faithful working companions -- my dog and my computer -- are always by my side in this work-from-home environment. (DTN Photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Follow my advice on working from home and it might just get you, well, some sanity.

  • Ethanol Blog

    The American Coalition for Ethanol is asking EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to make changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard in response to COVID-19. (DTN file photo)

    The leader of the American Coalition for Ethanol has asked EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to make changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard volumes in response to falling gasoline demand during COVID-19.

  • MachineryLink

    Grain accidents happen fast. But the rescue can take forever. (Image from "SILO")
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    With no place to show the film 'SILO' due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the independent film group that made the film about grain entrapment is releasing for free a 10-minute documentary that inspired it.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Below normal temperatures are featured in the Prairies forecast through at least mid-April. (DTN graphic)
    Posted

    The Canadian Prairies face an extended period of below normal temperatures through much of April.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Some updates on the federal response to COVID-19 include a letter from lawmakers to USDA for livestock aid and a resource page put together by the House Agriculture Committee. (DTN file image)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., today unveiled the committee COVID-19 Resource Page while more than 140 lawmakers wrote USDA asking for a swift package of aid be created for livestock producers.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    U.S. corn export sales and shipments as of the third week of March in million bushels vs. as a percent of the USDA March WASDE corn export projection

  • South America Calling

    Heavier rainfall will move through Southern Brazil April 2-3, but looks to be only brief. (DTN graphic)
    Posted

    Central and northern areas of Brazil may have showers after April 3, but if they do not, stress could start to mount for the developing crops. Argentina's weather turns drier starting April 2 and indications are that precipitation will be limited for the beginning of the...

  • Minding Ag's Business

    DTN's HR Coach Lori Culler suggests setting specific expectations with employees about how often they should wash their hands or use hand sanitizer as well as other preventative measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. (DTN Photo by Elaine Shein)

    With planting underway or just around the corner, farms are making changes to help combat the spread of COVID-19. DTN experts offered suggestions and updates in a recent webinar.

  • Editors' Notebook

    National Ag Day brings everyone to the table.
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    While the physical celebrations and events in Washington, D.C., have been cancelled, there's still plenty to celebrate about the importance of farmers, ranchers and the agriculture industry during National Ag Day.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    (Photo courtesy of Science and Analysis Laboratory, NASA-Johnson Space Center)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The coronavirus may not be the end of the world, but it's changing the world dramatically, for people in both the city and the country.