Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    After reaching its strongest trade against the USD in more than seven months on Sept 1, the spot Canadian dollar has lost more than 2 cents against the USD. This week's trade started with a bearish gap lower, while has breached the 50-day moving average for the first time since mid-May. Most recent CFTC data (lower study) shows investors continuing to pare their bearish net short position as of Sept. 15. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    The Canadian dollar has lost more than two cents or 200 basis points against the USD since Sept. 1. A period of seasonal strength is coming to an end, while the government's throne speech on Sept. 23 could play a role in shaping currency traders' opinions. Investors have been...

  • Sort & Cull

    Beef production is widespread through the nation. Listing state cow numbers by "cow density" reminds us just how evident beef cattle production is in all 50 states. (DTN chart by Rick Kment)
    Posted by Rick Kment , DTN Analyst

    A trip through our great nation makes one realize just how vast and wide reaching the cattle industry really is. When state beef cattle totals are broken down, it becomes very clear that the beef industry is a nationwide endeavor.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    USDA September soybean estimate in bushels per acre (bpa) vs. the bpa change from the August to the September report and then from that September figure to the final USDA report given in January.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    A barn sign supporting President Donald Trump near Ashland, Neb., and a sign supporting former Vice President Joe Biden in Gibbon, Neb.  (DTN image)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Republicans state USDA could have to delay as much as $15 billion in spending on farm bill programs if the CCC fund is not immediately reloaded in a federal funding bill. Democrats maintain USDA should have available funds to manage the farm program until mid-November. Democrats...

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Graphic cutline: Early October has a much cooler temperature pattern in store for the central and eastern U.S. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Widely varying temperatures and windy conditions highlight the end of September-early October forecast.

  • MachineryLink

    John Deere's TractorPlus App provides owners with convenient access to key parts of their operator's manual, to parts diagrams, and to parts ordering services. (Photo courtesy of John Deere)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Deere and AGCO roll out new technology, plus a bit on grain storage and storage buildings.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Should the U.S. abandon "strategic ambiguity" and tell China it will defend Taiwan militarily?

  • Market Matters Blog

    Spring wheat harvest in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, produced a much-improved quality in 2020 than 2019, but variable yields. (Photo by Matthew Krueger)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    The 2020 spring wheat crop fared better than the 2019 crop, but yields varied on timing of planting.

  • Technically Speaking

    This is a daily chart of November soybean futures, reaching over $10 per bushel for the first time in years. With the relative strength index (RSI) as of Sunday night at a lofty 83% and slow stochastics at a rare 98%, the momentum indicators are at the upper extreme, suggesting a correction is likely, but with no timetable. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted

    DTN's weekly analysis of the wheat market.

  • Production Blog

    A USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, National Identification Services (NIS) botanist examines seeds from an unsolicited package of seed. (Photo courtesy of USDA APHIS)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Officials are still digging into the origins of seeds that arrived in mailboxes this summer.

  • South America Calling

    Bright red over most of Brazil means short to very short soil moisture, including the top production state of Mato Grosso. (PECAD FAS graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Brazil's top soybean production state, Mato Grosso, has a later-than-average start to its rainy season indicated.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump has fulfilled his promises to rural America. (DTN file photo by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley said on Tuesday he believes President Donald Trump has garnered support from rural America by rejected retroactive small-refinery exemption requests to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • Editors' Notebook

    An aerial view of DTN's new office building in west Omaha, Nebraska. (DTN photo)
    Posted by Russ Quinn , DTN Staff Reporter

    DTN Staff Reporter Russ Quinn writes that the location where DTN has now moved its office to in Omaha is the place where he used to walk beans.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Soybeans will likely make up a large share of what China will purchase from the United States to fulfill phase one of their trade deal. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    China may be hard-pressed to make up ground to fulfill its $36.5-billion commitment to the United States in phase one of a trade deal.