Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    The blue bars represent the volume that the current official Statistics Canada production estimates exceed the provincial estimate, based on yields only while using the official harvested acre estimates, plotted against the primary vertical axis. The brown line with markers represents the amount by which the official yield estimate exceeds the provincial estimates, plotted against the secondary vertical axis. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Statistics Canada will update production estimates on Dec. 2. The provinces have arrived at lower yield estimates which bears watching when the official estimates include producer survey data for the first time.

  • Sort & Cull

    Monitoring throughput, boxed beef prices and packers' willingness to support the cash sector remains the best way to gauge the cash cattle market's ability to trade higher in the weeks to come. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    We knew that last week's negotiated cash cattle market was a good one when prices jumped higher, but on Monday we could see how the market got even sweeter.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, has gone into hibernation for the winter as the 2022 navigation season has come to an end. (DTN photo by Mary Kennedy)

    The navigation season is over for the far Upper Mississippi River, while the Lower Mississippi is still in dire need of water.

  • Technically Speaking

    Natural gas futures have closed the gap overnight and should be looking to support around $6.50. (DTN ProphetX chart by Tregg Cronin)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at January energy futures.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    It's time to sign up for the DTN Virtual Ag Summit. DTN subscribers attend for free. (DTN image by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Now that you've taken care of those Thanksgiving leftovers and your college football team has either won or lost its rivalry game, it's time to turn some attention to 2023. Let's start with the 2022 DTN Virtual Ag Summit on Dec. 12-13.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Mark your calendar and register soon for our virtual DTN Ag Summit. DTN subscribers attend free. (DTN image by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    The 2022 DTN Ag Summit is all virtual, so there's no reason to miss out on the industry's premier farm-focused business conference.

  • Production Blog

    What characteristics define a high-quality soybean? Certainly, color plays a role in distinguishing wild soy (Glycine soja), left, from a domesticated, commercial soybean variety (Glycine max). (DTN photo by Jason Jenkins)
    Posted by Jason Jenkins , DTN Crops Editor

    An increasing number of soybeans have failed to certify as U.S. No. 1 Yellow Soybean the past two years, but is that enough reason to justify changing the standards? Not if the U.S. wants to lose its soybean identity.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Cold air from the Arctic is forecast to return to most of Canada next week. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    After a week of above-normal temperatures, a return to a cold winter feel comes to end November and start December.

  • South America Calling

    Rainfall has been well-below normal for most of South America's primary growing regions during the last 30 days, despite recent rainfall. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Rainfall through the first two-thirds of November has been well-below normal for most of South America's primary growing regions.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    New crop November soybean/December corn ratio the day before Thanksgiving vs. the change in both corn and soybean acreage from the final planted figure the prior year to the following March planting intentions figure

  • Ethanol Blog

    Agriculture and energy groups have called on Congressional leaders to pass legislation to secure year-round E15 sales. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    With Congress just weeks away from the end of the lame-duck session, several agriculture, biofuels and petroleum interest groups ask leaders of the House and Senate to pass legislation to restore permanent year-round E15 sales.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Be thankful for the organizations that send this stuff even if they clog your mailbox. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Americans don't wait for the government to do everything. We roll up our sleeves and do some of it ourselves. Be thankful for that.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Learn strategies to help conquer the chaos at our all-virtual DTN Ag Summit on Dec. 12-13. (DTN image by Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Gregg Hillyer , Progressive Farmer Editor-in-Chief

    Virtual conference will provide insights on important ag topics, from carbon programs and farm legislation to supply chain challenges and commodity market analysis.

  • MachineryLink

    Deere's new strip-till series gives operators the ability to combine nutrient applications and tillage into a single pass. (DTN photo by Dan Miller)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Deere is announcing Monday a new strip-till series giving operators the ability to perform tillage and apply nutrients in a single pass. Deere is also announcing updates to its 7R series tractors and a new TruSet Active height-sensing feature for select field cultivators, vertical...