Blogs

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Feeder cattle fatten in a Texas feedyard. A report released yesterday in the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences links air quality of animal agriculture to fine particulate matter from ammonia. The report linked 16,000 deaths a year from air-quality health impacts involving agricultural production. (DTN file photo by Katie Dehlinger)

    A study on agricultural production and air quality released Monday is the first major research report to link air-pollution deaths to specific food items. It will likely provide fresh fodder in the debate over the scale and health risks associated with large confinement operations...

  • Canada Markets

    The first points on this chart represents Statistics Canada's March 31 farm stocks estimate for canola for 2021 and for each of the last five years. During the past five years, the April-through-July farm stocks are estimated by deducting Statistics Canada's estimates of producer deliveries, while for the current crop year, April 30 stocks are approximated after deducting the CGC's week 35 through 39 deliveries. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Statistics Canada estimated farm stocks of canola at 4.792 mmt as of March 31, while during the past five years, stocks have fallen by a significantly higher volume during the April-through-July period.

  • Sort & Cull

    Feedlots have got to see one side of the market give, in order for their own numbers to work out. (DTN file photo by Jim Patrico)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    High corn prices aren't necessarily a bad thing, but when high corn prices are stacked next to historically low live cattle prices, that's when the real crisis surfaces.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    Portions of the Northern Plains took in rainfall of up to 1 inch during May 8-9, while a large sector of the Midwest had amounts of 2 inches or heavier. (NOAA graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Corn, soybean and wheat areas have some timely moisture ahead of a mid-month warming trend.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

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

    Both corn and soybean plantings are running ahead of schedule. That would set expectations for large increases in acreage for both above the prospective planting figures.

  • Market Matters Blog

    SSGA recently noted that it has been estimated $1.5 billion in ag exports have been lost during the container crisis, which has come on the heels of a pandemic that has also severely injured the market. (Photo by Michael Embrich, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    For over six months, U.S. exporters relying on container shipments have been suffering unreasonable practices by ocean carriers.

  • Technically Speaking

    The chart above is a daily chart of July corn, which has now rallied $2.17 just since March 31. Momentum indicators, which are not by themselves a reason to buy or sell, continue to flash overbought conditions. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Dana Mantini , Senior Market Analyst

    July corn might slow its ascent for a bit, but bullish factors remain.

  • Production Blog

    Record those baby steps as the crops emerge to learn more about how to pamper the crop the following year. (DTN photo by Pamela Smith)
    Posted by Pamela Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Record performance of seed varieties and input decisions throughout the season to get a head start on 2022.

  • MachineryLink

    Firestone is offering a new line of field-tough tracks for the Case IH series of Quadtrac tractors. (Photo courtesy of Firestone Ag)

    Firestone launches a new line of rubber tracks, New Holland announces a partnership with the Agricultural Division of Alamo Group, Arctic Cat Inc. has a new ATV, and AGCO Corp updates its virtual showroom.

  • South America Calling

    Dryness has encompassed the central Brazil growing areas for the past two months. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by John Baranick , DTN Meteorologist

    Dry weather during the last two months is wilting the safrinha corn crop in central Brazil. There are no signals to the contrary in the forecast.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    Venture capital investment in agriculture doubled to $5 billion in 2020 as investors made a number of large investments, primarily in more established companies. (Chart courtesy of Finistere Ventures)

    According to a report that tracks equity investments in startup companies, the pandemic accelerated investment in the agtech industry with the value of new deals doubling from 2019 to 2020. The largest upticks were in the animal technology, supply chain, sustainability and...

  • An Urban's Rural View

    In a recent speech at the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged not to interfere in other countries' affairs. He also criticized unnamed countries for bossing others around. (China Global Television Network YouTube video screenshot)
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    Imagining a world in which China was the dominant power.

  • Ethanol Blog

    The governor of Indiana vetoed a bill that would have required E15 pumps to be labeled in the state. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb vetoed legislation that would have labeled E15 pumps in the state.

  • Editors' Notebook

    Farmers are less concerned about COVID-19 effects on their business in 2021. In 2020, more that 55% of respondents were extremely or very worried about the pandemic. (DTN graphic)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    In livestock, and in the field, untreated units are the potential habitat for continued pest and disease issues. What say we humans?