Blogs

  • South America Calling

    Below normal rain is forecast for March in most of the primary South America crop regions. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Long-range forecasts for below-normal March precipitation in Brazil and Argentina are a concern.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Wheat in this Oklahoma field is showing leaf burn from the extreme cold temperatures that visited the Southern Plains last week. The weeks ahead will show how much injury wheat suffered from the historic cold snap. (Photo courtesy Amanda de Oliveira Silva, OSU)
    Posted by Emily Unglesbee , DTN Staff Reporter

    Drought, snow cover and growth stage will all influence the amount of winterkill in wheat fields from last week's arctic blast.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Vice President Kalama Harris presides over the swearing-in of Tom Vilsack as Agriculture secretary on Wednesday. (White House photo)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall on Wednesday also asked Vilsack to extend the deadline to apply for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Farm and ranch partnerships are treated differently from sole proprietorships when it comes to calculating PPP loans, but agriculture groups argue that's a misinterpretation of Congressional intent. (DTN photo illustration)

    Read the full text of the letter 35 agriculture organizations wrote to Congress this week, which urges Congress to work with the Small Business Administration on its interpretation of a new calculation for farmers and ranchers who apply for forgivable loans through the...

  • Canada Markets

    This chart highlights the five-year average percent change in Canada's seeded acres for select crops from the initial estimates released by AAFC in January to the first official release by Statistics Canada based on March estimates. Seeded acre estimates for barley and the oilseeds tend to be revised lower on average. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    We look at the five-year average of the difference between AAFC's initial forecast for seeded acres for the upcoming crop year and the official March Intentions released by Statistics Canada later in the spring.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Matrix showing prospective 2021/22 U.S. soybean ending stocks with various combinations of planted area and yields

  • Production Blog

    Need more details on genetic engineering? Here are a few favorite books from my library shelves. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    There's plenty to read if you want to firm up your knowledge about genetically engineering crops.

  • Sort & Cull

    Even though last week's slaughter was disappointing, the marketplace hopes to have a robust kill this week to help restock depleted coolers. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Victoria G. Myers)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    With last week's slaughter estimated at a measly 552,000 head, the entire marketplace is going to be fixated on tracking this week's slaughter and praying for a monstrous week.

  • Market Matters Blog

    Ice in the Mississippi River at St. Louis caused traffic delays or stoppages for barges moving through there. On top of the icing, the river level has been falling and was at zero gauge as of Feb. 21. (Photo by Scott Schulte, Godfrey, Illinois)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    After mild temperatures graced much of the Midwest in January, arctic air moved in after the first week of February with a vengeance, creating logistic snafus on U.S. railroads and much of the U.S. river system.

  • Technically Speaking

    The chart above is a daily chart of the U.S. Dollar Index, which, for the last nearly three months has moved mostly between 90 and 92 points. The index, which measures the U.S. dollar against a basket of other foreign currencies, looks poised to break out one way, or the other. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    U.S. Dollar Index remains in a tight 2-point range.

  • Ethanol Blog

    The Congressional Biofuels Caucus has introduced a bill to increase transparency in the small-refinery exemptions program. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    While members of the Congressional Biofuel Caucus introduced legislation to provide more transparency to the small-refinery exemptions program, EPA closed a comment period on request for general exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Between 2000 and 2018 Russia's ag exports increased about 16 times. Russia recently became the world's largest wheat exporter. Imagine if the country saw millions of acres more land available for agriculture. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    As optimal temperatures move north, Siberia's permafrost will melt, potentially opening up a vast new area to farming. But will anyone want to farm it?

  • MachineryLink

    A sweep auger can be a useful tool to clean out bins, but it is also dangerous and can lead to a farm accident in a split second. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo by Hal Maggiore)
    Posted by Russ Quinn , DTN Staff Reporter

    Despite the best plans, sometimes accidents still occur. A North Dakota family shares what happened to one of their employees.

  • Editors' Notebook

    It was tough to find anything, this year or any other, that had more influence on life in general than the coronavirus pandemic. (DTN photo collage by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Our annual look back on the major ag stories of the year was perhaps as painful as the year itself.