Blogs

  • Production Blog

    Go ahead and cover up with crimson clover. It's one of the cover crops that is a poor host for SCN. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Covering up is great, but do so thoughtfully if you have SCN infestations.

  • Canada Markets

    The December MGEX spring wheat contract rose for the third straight day on Friday, posting its biggest weekly gain in 17 weeks. The first study points to the Dec/March spread narrowing, a sign of supportive commercial activity, while the second study shows noncommercial traders holding a record bearish net-short futures position as of Sept. 10, while reported to pare this position for the first time in 13 weeks in data reported for Sept. 17. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The December hard red spring wheat contract has reached a higher high for seven consecutive sessions, while is testing resistance, with support from the commercial and noncommercial sides of the market.

  • MachineryLink

    John Deere won the only gold of the competition for its eAutoPower gearbox for its new 8R large tractors. The work represents the first electro-mechanical power split gearbox in agricultural technology. (Photo courtesy of Agritechnica)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    The DLG (German Agricultural Society), organizer of the world's largest agricultural trade show, Agritechnica, has announced 40 innovation awards from 291 entries. John Deere, AGCO and CNH are among the winners.

  • Ethanol Blog

    A University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign agriculture economist proposes a way to appease both ethanol and oil interests on the Renewable Fuel Standard. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    With negotiations ongoing on a possible deal on the Renewable Fuel Standard, an agriculture economist puts forward an idea that he says could appease both oil and ethanol interests.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Far Northern Plains and much of the Midwest have heavy, flooding rain totals indicated during the last week of September. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Floods of fall 2018 may show up again in 2019.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The DTN domestic distillers dried grains weekly average spot price was up $3 to $139 per ton for the week ended Sept. 19. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was $3 per ton higher at $139 per ton.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Hemp production is growing in several states across the country. USDA will offer whole farm insurance coverage including hemp in 2020. Lawmakers raised some concerns about how that will work. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Multiple members of the House Agriculture Committee raised the issue of hemp and crop insurance on Thursday during a hearing with Bill Northey, USDA's undersecretary for Farm Production and Conservation.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.