Blogs

  • MachineryLink

    JLG's first entry into the ag market is its AG925 telehandler with an 8,800-pound capacity and 24-foot-9-inch maximum lift height. (Photo courtesy of JLG Industries)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    This Equipment Roundup includes lifts, side-by-sides, new grain bin technology, post driver and stump auger. Plus, CLAAS has a leadership change, and Deere is up for an 8R Series tractor design award.

  • Market Matters Blog

    DTN's weekly spot price for domestic distillers dried grains during the week ended Sept. 23 was $1 lower on average versus one week ago. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    DTN's weekly average spot price for domestic distillers dried grains was lower versus one week ago.

  • Canada Markets

    The blue bars represent the weekly volume of Canadian wheat (excluding durum) exported through licensed facilities over the first seven weeks of the crop year, while the red line represents the volume needed each week to reach the current AAFC forecast; both are measured against the primary vertical axis. The green line represents cumulative exports, while the upward-sloping black line represents the steady volume needed to reach the current forecast; both are measured against the secondary vertical axis. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    AAFC may be poised to revise higher their forecast for 2021-22 wheat exports due to recent Statistics Canada estimates, while early wheat exports signal solid early demand.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, said the group is likely to oppose the final budget reconciliation bill despite the boost in spending for conservation and research. Duvall pointed to concerns that the bill would raise taxes. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Jerry Hagstrom , DTN Political Correspondent

    At a luncheon for reporters, Duvall said that Farm Bureau will have to examine the final bill, but that the current version would spend a total of $3.5 trillion over 10 years and raise taxes by $2 trillion. Although the agriculture section of the bill includes attractive programs...

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Chart by Joel Karlin, DTN Contributing Analyst
    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Soybean crop condition change from week 23 (around the middle of June) to week 37 (the middle of September) for the top 18 soybean producing states using our usual system vs. percent change in crop ratings from week 23 to week 37

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Drought is expected to develop across the Southern Plains wheat areas during fall 2021 with a strong tie to an expected La Nina event in the Pacific Ocean. (NOAA/CPC graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    A dry fall season forecast leads to drought expectations for the entire Southern Plains and only minor drought easing in the Northern Plains.

  • South America Calling

    Scattered showers are now forecast to develop this weekend into next week across Mato Grosso and other central Brazil states this weekend into next week. (DTN image)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Models have been going through some inconsistencies with regards to precipitation in central Brazil over the last several weeks. Scattered showers moving into the region this weekend and next week may or may not "officially" start the wet season but could get producers out...

  • Production Blog

    Taking care of yourself is the first step to a successful harvest. Farm safety yields real results is the theme of this year's national farm safety week, an annual observance since 1944. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Writing and reading about farm safety may be tough reminders, but we are still losing too many farmers.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Ethanol producers have asked President Joe Biden to stand behind the Renewable Fuel Standard. (DTN file photo)

    Eighty-seven ethanol and grain companies ask President Joe Biden to stand behind the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Keota, Iowa, farmer Lindsay Greiner hoped for a far-above-average crop in early August when this picture was taken; but a hot end to the grain fill period and a vicious windstorm dashed his hopes. (DTN photo by Matt Wilde)

    Farmers who participated in the DTN Digital Yield Tour share their perspectives on how the corn and soybean crops have developed in the month following the tour.

  • Technically Speaking

    The chart above is a daily chart of the December Dollar Index futures showing the potential head and shoulders chart formation. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    The U.S. Dollar Index appears to possibly be forming a head and shoulders chart pattern with a potential breakout one way or the other in coming days.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    An underlying truth about China emerged from the inconclusive report on COVID-19's origins by U.S. intelligence agencies.

  • Sort & Cull

    Check with your local USDA Service Center if you have questions about whether you are eligible for pandemic aid for livestock and crops. A few program deadlines are set for October. (DTN photo by Matthew Wilde)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    USDA highlighted a few deadlines for pandemic aid. The department extended the enrollment period for the Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program, which pays producers for having to depopulate their herds in 2020 because of processing-capacity challenges.

  • 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.