Blogs

  • Market Matters Blog

    Container shipping is still slow to return to normal after the trickle-down effect of the pandemic caused stoppages and/or slowdowns around the globe. (Photo courtesy of Joseph L. Murphy, Iowa Soybean Association)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    COVID-19 pandemic has decreased tonnage in maritime shipping, leading to blank sailings and an increase in airfreight volume.

  • Canada Markets

    This chart shows the total unloads of all grain at incensed terminals for week 42, as well as the previous 12 weeks (blue line). This is compared to the same period in 2018-19 (brown line) and the three-year average (grey line). (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Terminal elevator unloads were reported sharply higher in week 42, partially due to data that was revised by the CGC. Terminal space remains favorable, as does primary elevator space on the Prairies.

  • Sort & Cull

    Monitoring cash cattle prices in the weeks to come will be vital. (DTN photo by ShayLe Stewart)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Producers know that cash cattle prices weaken throughout the summer, but questions that still need answers revolve around the feeder cattle market and just how much cash cattle prices intend to regress.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Giuseppe Verdi was one of the greatest opera composers ever. He was also a serious, big-time farmer by 19th century Italian standards. (Public domain photo by Ferdinand-Muirnier)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    In a polarized age, we tend to stereotype people. The story of Giuseppe Verdi shows the problem with those stereotypes.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Chart by Joel Karlin

    New crop U.S. soybean export sales in million bushels as of third week in May vs this figure as a percent of the first USDA new crop export projection along with the projected U.S. share of world soybean trade.

  • Technically Speaking

    The U.S. dollar index was seen as a safe haven for investors during the coronavirus scare, but prices are now coming down as anxieties ease (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted

    A technical look at the U.S. dollar, the Brazilian real and Russia's ruble.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    USDA on Friday lowered U.S. agricultural export projections because of the coronavirus, but the forecast also lowered agricultural imports as well. (DTN file photo by Mary Kennedy)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    USDA economists on Friday lowered projected agricultural exports for Fiscal year 2020 by $3 billion from February's forecast, reflecting that the coronavirus pandemic has created a shock to world economies and that the China phase-one trade deal is not going to drive...

  • Ethanol Blog

    The EPA released a new study on Friday that calls for no additional steps to mitigate adverse air-quality effects from renewable fuels. (Photo by Greg Horstmeier)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Ethanol groups lament EPA's 'lost opportunity' to update fuel's air-quality profile in new study.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Growing Degree Day totals are significantly lagging the average across the Midwest -- a sign that sunlight and higher temperatures are needed for crop development. (NOAA graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Crop development conditions, measured by Growing Degree Days, look to turn more favorable going into early June.

  • MachineryLink

    It's a small piece of any large piece of machinery, but agriculture runs on the life of its bearings. (Progressive Farmer photo)
    Posted by Russ Quinn , DTN Staff Reporter

    An Association of Equipment Manufacturers survey has found nearly all manufacturers said the COVID-19 pandemic has been having a big economic impact on them.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Kyle Quinn, 15, plays his tuba from a high spot on the Quinn farm in order to get a strong enough mobile phone signal to send his performance to his band teacher. Brother Burke, 10, holds the music and sister Ella, 8, listens. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn.)
    Posted by Russ Quinn , DTN Staff Reporter

    DTN Staff Reporter Russ Quinn knows all too well the challenges of having children taking school classes from home with spotty rural internet access.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Now that the comment period on CFTC's proposed rule on position limits is closed, the agency will review comments and make changes before publishing a final rule in the Federal Register. (DTN file photo)

    While the National Grain and Feed Association largely supports the CFTC's fifth attempt to create a position limits rule, its official statement on the rule offers a number of suggestions, including adding another strategy to its list of bona fide hedges.

  • Production Blog

    If you're worried about the Asian Giant Hornet, aka the Murder Hornet, here's a reminder of another scary pest, the Old World Bollworm, that never quite lived up to its reputation in the U.S. (Photos courtesy Gilles San Martin and Gyorgy Csoka, Hungary Forest Research Institute)

    A timely reminder that not all worst-case scenarios pan out, as this ag reporter once discovered.

  • South America Calling

    Most primary crop areas in Brazil have short to very short soil moisture; Mato Grosso is the exception. (USDA graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    The onset of the Southern Hemisphere dry season adds to an already-short soil moisture supply in much of Brazil's crop areas.