Blogs

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Chart by Joel Karlin, DTN Contributing Analyst

    Average, minimum and maximum percent change in corn yields for the top 18 producing states and the U.S. between the August crop report and the final production figures given in January vs. the standard deviation of these 24 August to January percent yield revisions.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The top DTN weather analog year 2020 had very promising corn conditions going into late July, but final harvested acreage was lowered due to damage from a powerful August derecho windstorm. (DTN file photos)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , Ag Meteorologist Emeritus

    Crop ratings show a strong similarity to 2020, which saw extensive storm damage during late summer.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    The food-stamp program accounts for more than 75 percent of farm-bill spending. House Republicans propose chopping a provision of the 2018 bill allowing presidents to boost spending on food stamps; instead, they'd take $30 billion from SNAP over 10 years and devote the money to richer benefits for farmers. (USDA, Economic Research Service chart)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    House Republicans and Democrats are deeply divided over food-stamp benefits. That division is one of the obstacles to passing a farm bill this year.

  • Sort & Cull

    Slower chain speeds are expected in July, but with cattle possessing heavier carcass weights, one does have to wonder if supply pressures could become an issue later this fall. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)

    Packer have drastically cut chain speeds to try to keep the cash cattle market from rallying and to hopefully add some support to boxed beef prices, but with today's cattle possessing heavier carcass weights than a year ago, feedlots could see some supply pressures later...

  • Market Matters Blog

    A new-crop durum field in McClusky, North Dakota, where the farmer says conditions in central North Dakota are really looking good. (Photo courtesy of Kim Saueressig)

    The annual Wheat Quality Council hard red spring wheat and durum tour kicks off this week with scouts representing much of the wheat industry and more.

  • Production Blog

    Want to know the potential return on investment of a fungicide application in corn? There's a new app for that and another on fungicide efficacy available free and online. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Plant pathologists are urging corn farmers to scout diligently for tar spot, but to be judicious in fungicide use.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Policymakers are talking as though another extension of the 2018 is inevitable. Meanwhile, there is a growing risk of a steeper downturn in farm income while a lot of potential improvements to the farm-safety net would have to wait until at least 2026 to provide some relief. (DTN file image)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    There is a lot of angst about farm income right now, but policymakers already seem to accept that another one-year extension of the 2018 farm bill is unavoidable. If a farm bill doesn't get done this year, then there is no chance to have a better safety net in 2025. The...

  • Canada Markets

    It's been over 10 months since negotiations began between Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and the Canadian Pacific Kansas City and the Canadian National railways with no resolution in sight. (Photo courtesy of CPKC)

    The possibility of a rail strike in Canada by over 9,200 CN and CPKC workers still hangs in limbo until the Canadian Industrial Relations Board makes a final decision on failed negotiations by all parties to date.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Clean Fuels Alliance America told EPA Administrator Michael Regan the group is suing the agency. (DTN screenshot)

    Clean Fuels Alliance America announced on Wednesday that the group intends to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for an ongoing delay to set Renewable Fuel Standard volumes for 2026.

  • Technically Speaking

    This is a daily chart of November soybeans futures, showing momentum indicators oversold. (DTN ProphetX chart)

    Markets seem to get overdone to the upside and the downside. Following the recent bearish slide in corn and especially soybeans and wheat prices, it is difficult to talk about anything other than the following.

  • South America Calling

    Corn harvest in southern Brazil has been slow, but next week's forecast is more promising. (DTN photo by Teresa Wells)
    Posted by Teresa Wells , DTN Meteorologist

    Soaking rains last week and this week brought the safrinha (second-season) corn harvest to a halt in southern Brazil with states like Sao Paulo making almost no progress. It is much the opposite in central Brazil, where progress is steady thanks to drier and warmer...

  • MachineryLink

    The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a watch for a minor-level geomagnetic storm this weekend (DTN image courtesy of the Space Weather Prediction Center)

    The Space Weather Prediction Center has issued a minor-level geomagnetic storm watch for this weekend. A storm of this intensity will have little to no impact on farming guidance systems.

  • Editors' Notebook

    A little digging this time of year can help provide the visual clues that soybean cyst nematode females are feeding on soybean roots. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    There's a lot to know about soybean's biggest yield adversary. Here are some fast and fun facts about soybean cyst nematode (SCN).

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Changes to the rules surrounding livestock risk protection insurance have made it easier and more affordable to access in recent years. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)

    On Friday, June 14, DTN will host a webinar examining the cattle market's long-term outlook and how producers can use livestock risk protection insurance to protect their business from downside market risk.