Blogs

  • 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.

  • Canada Markets

    This chart shows the 2019 Saskatchewan trend in the crop condition index for selected crops based on the government's crop condition ratings ranging from poor to excellent. The five crops shown have responded nicely to favorable conditions over the past month. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The trend in the crop condition index for most Saskatchewan crops so far this season points to improvements in condition, although almost all crops are rated lower than this time in 2018.

  • 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.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    A soybean field southwest of Casey, Iowa was recently sprayed with herbicide to kill weeds. Only about 60% of soybean crops in Iowa are rated good to excellent. (DTN photo by Elaine Shein)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    The good news is that a major cold front is expected to move across the Midwest over the weekend.

  • 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.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Tucked into commentary renewing the U.S. EPA's support for glyphosate's safety was a surprising negative comment. Too bad it came two decades too late.