Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    This chart focuses on select crops with tight stocks reported as of March 31. The blue bars represents the March 31, 2021 stocks reported, while the brown bars represents the total disappearance seen in the April-through-July period of the 2019-20 crop year (April-through-August for soybeans). The difference represents hypothetical ending stocks, while current-year demand is higher than the previous year. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Stocks of Canada's major grains fell year-over-year except for corn and rye, while current estimates point to extremely tight stocks for many crops by the end of the crop year.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains during the week ended May 6 was $9 higher on average versus one week ago. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was higher on average versus a week ago.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Agricultural groups highlighted that the 30x30 report released by the Biden administration included their recommendations. The report highlighted the importance of private land ownership, and stressed conservation practices on working lands. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    After some of the complaints and questions over 30x30 before its release, the initiative drew comments of encouragement from some major agricultural groups.

  • MachineryLink

    Firestone is offering a new line of field-tough tracks for the Case IH series of Quadtrac tractors. (Photo courtesy of Firestone Ag)

    Firestone launches a new line of rubber tracks, New Holland announces a partnership with the Agricultural Division of Alamo Group, Arctic Cat Inc. has a new ATV, and AGCO Corp updates its virtual showroom.

  • South America Calling

    Dryness has encompassed the central Brazil growing areas for the past two months. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Dry weather during the last two months is wilting the safrinha corn crop in central Brazil. There are no signals to the contrary in the forecast.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Venture capital investment in agriculture doubled to $5 billion in 2020 as investors made a number of large investments, primarily in more established companies. (Chart courtesy of Finistere Ventures)

    According to a report that tracks equity investments in startup companies, the pandemic accelerated investment in the agtech industry with the value of new deals doubling from 2019 to 2020. The largest upticks were in the animal technology, supply chain, sustainability and...

  • An Urban's Rural View

    In a recent speech at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged not to interfere in other countries' affairs. He also criticized unnamed countries for bossing others around. (China Global Television Network YouTube video screenshot)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Imagining a world in which China was the dominant power.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Heavy precipitation is forecast through May 11 from Montana southeast to the Gulf Coast. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    The southern Midwest through the Southeast are in line for heavy rain through the next seven days. Northern Plains areas have only marginal moisture in store.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Net April price action for spot corn, soybeans and wheat

  • Sort & Cull

    In a little over a month, the nation will be testing this year's calf market with some of the biggest specialty sales through Superior, Northern and Western Video Market sales. (DTN file photo by Gregg Hillyer)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    It's hard to say which contributing factor will have a greater pull on the market at this point, but regardless, producers should begin thinking about how they are going to approach marketing their calves this year.

  • Technically Speaking

    While May soybean oil is trading at its highest May prices in more than 12 years, the May premium over the July contract hit a high of 9.99 cents Thursday, April 29, the highest in at least 60 years and an extremely bullish sign of demand (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    Now in delivery, May premiums in corn, soybean oil and soybeans are trading at historic highs over July contracts, which are extremely bullish indications of demand.

  • Production Blog

    Periodical cicadas have bright red eyes and tend to show up in droves. The map indicates the historical distribution of Brood X. Volunteers are being asked to help photograph and document the insect as they emerge. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith; map courtesy of Gene Kritsky)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Brood X cicadas are ready to emerge. Grab your earplugs and your cellphone.

  • Ethanol Blog

    The governor of Indiana vetoed a bill that would have required E15 pumps to be labeled in the state. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed legislation that would have labeled E15 pumps in the state.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Farmers are less concerned about COVID-19 effects on their business in 2021. In 2020, more that 55% of respondents were extremely or very worried about the pandemic. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    In livestock, and in the field, untreated units are the potential habitat for continued pest and disease issues. What say we humans?