Blogs

  • 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.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Crop ratings for the U.S. oat and spring wheat crops as of week 28 vs. the percent that the final yield of each crop deviates from the 2000-2024 trend

  • 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.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Severe winds and hail from strong thunderstorms left behind shredded corn. (Photo courtesy of Scott Batterman)
    Posted by Teresa Wells , DTN Meteorologist

    As storms developed across Iowa on Monday afternoon, they advanced east and eventually impacted southern Wisconsin, Illinois, and northern Indiana. Widespread wind damage, large hail, and a few isolated tornadoes accompanied the storms.

  • Sort & Cull

    Seasonal, summertime pressure is currently affecting both the fed cattle and boxed beef prices, but feeder cattle prices continue to hold their own. (ProphetX chart)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    Boxed beef prices and fed cash cattle prices endured some pressure last week, but the feeder cattle market continues to trade with immense demand.

  • 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.

  • Market Matters Blog

    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.

  • 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...

  • Production Blog

    What weeds plague your aquatic and non-crop areas? The national and regional weed science societies want to know. (DTN photo by Jason Jenkins)
    Posted by Jason Jenkins , DTN Crops Editor

    Since 2015, the national and regional weed science societies have conducted weed surveys in various crops. This year, they're asking farmers and other landowners about the most common and troublesome weeds in aquatic and non-crop areas.

  • 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.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Monthly price increases have come down significantly from when they spiked two years ago, but Americans are still complaining about inflation. And then there's the matter of the uncounted price hike: interest rates. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics chart)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    If you borrow money, an interest-rate increase feels like inflation, but the government doesn't count it as one.

  • 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.