Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    December oat futures are in uncharted territory after gapping higher in Thursday's session to reach a fresh contract high for a second straight session. The Dec/March futures spread (1st study) has moved from even money on Sept. 9 to 6 1/2 cents on Sept. 16, close to the 7 cents reached on Aug. 13. Thursday's volume (2nd study) is the highest daily volume seen since July 14. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Oat futures have reached an all-time high on the continuous active chart as North American supplies are shrinking.

  • South America Calling

    There is no longer a reasonable possibility of an early start to the wet season in central Brazil, but the delays look to only be about a week from most models like the one pictured here from the European weekly run. (DTN image)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Eyes have been on the start to the wet season in central Brazil. What looked to be a possible early start last week does not look that way anymore.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Troughs moving through North America will continue to produce rainfall chances across much of the country for the next two weeks. Rainfall amounts are smoothed out due to model variability on this ensemble image but could be locally heavy in spots. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Showers will continue with fronts and systems moving across the U.S. but rainfall amounts are generally light to locally moderate. There may be an exception to that, however.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    The North American Meat Institute on Tuesday criticized Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack for scapegoating the industry over food inflation. R-CALF later noted its antitrust lawsuit against four big packers gets to move forward alleging the packers suppressed prices to producers, but increases beef prices to consumers. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    The North American Meat Institute and the Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund United Stockgrowers of America each issued news releases offering a separate but equal debate about the state of complaints over cattle prices and what consumers pay. NAMI was responding to Ag...

  • Ethanol Blog

    Agriculture and biofuels groups want changes to budget bills to allow the growth of sustainable aviation fuels. (DTN file photo)

    A number of biofuels and agriculture interest groups tell leaders of the House and Senate that tax provisions in a budget reconciliation bill would exclude sustainable aviation fuels produced with agriculture feedstocks.

  • Sort & Cull

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack responds to a question during a White House press briefing on Wednesday. Vilsack talked about concentration in the packing industry and ways USDA is looking to address low prices for producers and high prices at grocery stores. (DTN image from White House livestream)

    U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke to the White House press corps last week about some of the actions USDA is doing to invest funds into smaller packing plants and address antitrust enforcement in the packing industry. He also talked about the need for legislation to make...

  • Market Matters Blog

    The Surface Transportation Board, on Aug. 31, rejected the voting trust proposed by the Canadian National Railway in its quest to acquire Kansas City Southern, paving the way for the Canadian Pacific to acquire the KCS should the deal be approved by federal regulators. (Photo Mary Kennedy)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    Since the Surface Transportation Board recently rejected the voting trust presented by the Canadian National Railway, the Canadian Pacific has stepped in again to renew its merger proposition to acquire the KCS.

  • Technically Speaking

    Former-support turned new-resistance at the $130.00 level should be able to hold futures on any subsequent rebound attempt. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the livestock market.

  • Editors' Notebook

    In 2006, the fifth anniversary of 9/11, there was a display in Salem, Oregon, of nearly 3,000 flags representing the nearly 3,000 people who died on 9/11. People left flowers and letters to thank and remember those who died. A child left this letter in tribute to the victims. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)

    DTN Staff Reporter Russ Quinn shares his memory of 9/11 and one of the toughest assignments he ever had to do.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    During the last 20 years, tributes have been done in memory of 9/11. In Salem, Oregon in 2006, almost 3,000 flags on display marked every person who had died from the attacks; some flags had the names of all the victims. (Photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    The 20th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon is a time for national reflection.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    One observation is that corn really loves cool temperatures and even in states with good summer rains, one wonders whether the elevated readings capped yield potential.

  • MachineryLink

    Running multiple calibration loads improves accuracy when calibrating yield monitors. Get a reading on moisture by sampling each load with a calibrated meter. Use that data when calibrating the mass flow sensor. (DTN/Progressive Farmer file photo)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Here's a 10-step plan to fine-tune your combine. On the list is everything from safety procedures to chain replacements, to calibrating fan speed, yield monitors and mass flow sensors.

  • Production Blog

    Seeds have their own beauty and hold immense promise. Art Director Brent Warren used common agricultural seeds to illustrate a series of stories called It Starts With Seed. (DTN/Progressive Farmer photo illustration by Brent Warren and Barry Falkner)
    Posted by Gregg Hillyer , Progressive Farmer Editor-in-Chief

    Crop farming begins and ends with a seed. Within each tiny package lies a factory of possibilities. The next few weeks will feature stories all about seed, the seed industry and seed selection tips.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    As non-land costs go up for corn producers, they'll be left with a much thinner profit outlook than corn prices might suggest. (DTN/Progressive file photo by Matthew Wilde)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    Six-dollar corn is expensive to grow.