Blogs

  • Market Matters Blog

    This chart depicts an example of a Minimum Average Price contract with a futures floor of $4.20 and unlimited upside until expiration, which, in this case, is at the end of August. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    If you are looking for a way to market some of your corn and still leave room for upside price appreciation, you might want to consider a Minimum Average Price contract.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Iowa corn is 41% in the silking stage as of July 21. States like Michigan and South Dakota are still under 10%. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Corn and soybean progress is now at a point which is typical of early July rather than mid-to-late July.

  • Canada Markets

    Based on AAFC's July estimates, the blue bars represent the year-over-year change in ending stocks for selected crops as of 2018-19, while the brown bars represent this forecast change for 2019-20, measured in metric tons against the primary vertical axis. The black line with markers represents the 2019-20 stocks-use ratio, as measured against the secondary vertical axis. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    AAFC's forecasts point to canola stocks growing in both 2018-19 and 2019-20, while both lentils and corn are forecast to see stocks fall in both years. Here is a look at stocks over the two crop years for various crops.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Cumulative export sales and shipments of U.S. wheat as of the second week of July from the start of the marketing year June 1 vs. sales and shipments as a percent of the July WASDE export projection

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Corn burning up in western Kansas during dry conditions. Corn acreage would likely shift heavily out of the southern plains without irrigation, ERS stated in a report on climate change and crop insurance. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Under a hotter climate scenario, the total cost of crop insurance to cover the soybean crop could double while the costs of the insurance program for protecting the corn crop could go up 21%, USDA's Economic Research Service stated in a study released Monday.

  • Ethanol Blog

    A plea agreement was reached in an ongoing biodiesel fraud case in Utah. (Photo courtesy of the National Biodiesel Board)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    A plea agreement is reached in a $511 million biofuels fraud case, as a result of a federal indictment filed against a Utah biodiesel company.

  • Technically Speaking

    Similar to corn, ethanol futures are expressing their own head-and-shoulders pattern with weakness through the neckline around $1.45 expected to produce sharply lower prices straightaway. (DTN ProphetX Chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of corn and ethanol futures.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.