Blogs

  • 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.

  • Canada Markets

    The green bars represent weekly canola exports through licensed facilities, while the blue line is the volume needed each week to reach the current AAFC export forecast, both measured against the primary vertical axis. The black line represents the steady pace needed to reach the current export forecast, while the red line represents the actual cumulative volume shipped, both measured against the secondary vertical axis. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    AAFC increased its forecast for 2019-20 canola exports this month to 9.6 million metric tons, while there remains a case for even higher volumes shipped.

  • 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.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN domestic distillers dried grains weekly spot prices of available offers were steady to lower for the week ended May 28. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was lower.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., talks during a webinar last month with journalists. In a webinar on Thursday with North Dakota farm leaders, Hoeven said he expects more aid assistance coming in a Senate bill after lawmakers reconvene next week. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    On a webinar with North Dakota farm leaders, Sen. John Hoeven said that USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) is attempting to cover 85% of farmers’ losses in the first quarter of this year, but only 30% of losses in the second quarter. He would like...

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Loose relation between the annual percent change in the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) and the annual percent change in both total U.S. red meat and poultry production and demand

  • Technically Speaking

    July lean hogs have begun to turn higher with momentum indicators bottoming and trending higher. We will be watchful for a retest of recent lows and behavior of momentum. (DTN ProphetX chart by Tregg Cronin)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of livestock.

  • Sort & Cull

    Cash cattle prices were able to pull off another week of higher money and surprisingly sold quite a few head. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    As we wrap up May, keeping tabs on the fed cattle market is vital while also paying close attention to the early summer feeder cattle sales.

  • 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.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    What will matter most as reopening proceeds is not what the governors do but what the governed do -- how citizens and corporations react. (Getty Images)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    If the economy is to recover from the coronavirus shock, people must feel safe.

  • 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.