Blogs

  • Editors' Notebook

    Emerging cotton seedling, by Mandy Pierce from Hertford, North Carolina, won the Editor's Pick award in this year's DTN/Progressive Farmer MyPlanting19 photo contest. (Mandy Pierce photo)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Congratulations to the winners of the MyPlanting19 photo contest held by DTN and Progressive Farmer.

  • Canada Markets

    This chart highlights the good-to-excellent ratings released by Alberta Agriculture this season. While the crop conditions have been tweaked up and down in the July 16 report, ratings have stabilized this month and are relatively close to where they were reported this time last year. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Cool conditions across Alberta along with continued dry conditions across the province have slowed crop development in July, although the crop condition has stabilized in recent weeks with most crops rated close to where they were a year ago.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Many areas of the world had record-high temperatures in June 2019. There were no areas with record lows for the month. (NOAA graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Global temperatures in June set a new record for the month since records began in 1880.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    The USDA approved $100 million in federal funds to support agriculture trade efforts. (DTN file photos)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Forty-eight agriculture trade organizations will receive $100 million in USDA funds in response to ongoing trade war with China.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    U.S. soybean farmers are fighting to save the China market for their soybeans. (DTN file photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    American soybean exporters have a history of taking the long view when it comes to the Chinese market. They need to keep taking it.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The DTN domestic distillers dried grains average price was down $1 per ton at $140 per ton for the week ended July 18. (DTN file photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was slightly lower at $140 per ton.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Small-refinery companies have told EPA they intend to sue if the agency does not act on 38 pending requests for small-refinery waivers. (DTN/Progressive Farmer image by Getty Images)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Small-refinery companies are threatening to sue the EPA for its delay in making a decision on 38 pending applications for small-refinery waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • South America Calling

    With a record corn crop of 101.0 million metric tons in 2018-19, Brazil is looking forward to higher prices and a boost in corn exports, which typically start in July. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    One year after a weather-reduced corn crop, Brazil picked a good time to achieve record production.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Sales and exports as a % of July WASDE export projection lowest in 14 years; U.S. soybean sales as % of world trade at 25-year low

  • Technically Speaking

    October live cattle prices have traded in a sideways range the past two years, roughly between $101 and $123. Prices found support near their one-year low in June, but it is difficult to see much of a bullish argument. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    DTN's Technical Analysis of Live Cattle, Feeder Cattle and Lean Hogs.

  • Machinery Chatter

    Widespread flooding this spring damaged fields, roads and structures across Nebraska, southwestern Iowa and down into Missouri. (DTN file photo by Russ Quinn)
    Posted by Russ Quinn , DTN Staff Reporter

    A University of Missouri Extension specialist is urging patience on many Midwestern roadways after the flooding seen this spring.

  • Harrington's Sort & Cull

    John Harrington's life was full of incredible stories of long odds with plentiful bounties at the finish line.
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    John Harrington's life was full of incredible stories of long odds with plentiful bounties at the finish line.

  • Production Blog

    Rural America has always had a big heart. Hay convoys such as those put together by the group called Ashes to Ashes have become a symbol of what volunteering can mean in times of crisis. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo by Joel Reichenberger)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    It's time to cultivate a renewed sense of community by reaching out to those around us. Help us tell the good stories and follow our new series about simple gestures that mean a lot.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    The value of land irrigated by center pivot in Nebraska declined 3% to $5,970 per acre. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Loren Lindler , Editorial Intern

    Nebraska farmland values declined 3% over the past year, extending a 5-year slide.