Blogs

  • Ag Weather Forum

    A subtle upper-level disturbance (circled) works underneath a strong ridge over Hudson Bay in Canada on Oct. 3, bringing showers to the Midwest. (Tropical Tidbits graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    A strong ridge of high pressure developing from Hudson Bay down into the Midwest will create a block for a trough of low pressure in western North America. But a weakness on the southern end of this ridge will allow a system to pass through the Midwest with showers later in...

  • Market Matters Blog

    Pictured is one of Tim Dufault's spring wheat fields showing signs of drought stress in northwest Minnesota this July. Dufault said his overall yield ended up at 47 bushels per acre (bpa) versus a proven yield of 69 bpa. (Photo by Tim Dufault, Crookston, Minnesota)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    Persistent drought in North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota created a negative effect on the yields of the 2021 spring wheat harvest.

  • Canada Markets

    The bars on this chart represent AAFC's latest forecast year-over-year change in crop production, supplies, exports, domestic use and stocks from 2020-21 to 2021-22 based on Statistics Canada's official estimates for select crops. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    September's AAFC forecasts incorporate the most recent official data from Statistics Canada. Crop-year supplies are forecast to fall sharply, along with demand and 2021-22 stocks.

  • Technically Speaking

    Just in the past month, natural gas prices have risen to their highest level in over seven years, November crude oil closed at a new contract high and the yield on 10-year T-notes turned higher, signaling concerns about energy supplies ahead of winter and improvement in the economy (DTN ProphetX charts).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    One year after coronavirus erupted onto the scene, energy futures are climbing to new highs and the economy is showing signs of picking up.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Congress faces a week in which lawmakers will seek to pass a bill to keep the federal government operating after September 30 while also raising the debt limit, and potentially passing an infrastructure bill. The House will also try to advance a budget reconciliation bill to the Senate. (DTN file photo)

    The agenda for Congress couldn't be more packed this week as several dominoes are expected to come into place, or the federal government finds itself shutdown.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.