Blogs

  • South America Calling

    The seven-day precipitation forecast for Brazil (left) has near-daily chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms for central Brazil; as for the forecast for Argentina (right) during the same period, a drier period is setting up. (DTN graphics)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    A drier weather pattern appears to be developing in central Argentina.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The seven-day precipitation forecast for Brazil (left) has near-daily chances of scattered showers and thunderstorms for central Brazil; as for the forecast for Argentina (right) during the same period, a drier period is setting up. (DTN graphics)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    A drier weather pattern appears to be developing in central Argentina.

  • Ag Policy Blog

    The pews were filled Monday night at St. John Lutheran Church in Mineola, Iowa, as the community discussed an eight-barn poultry operation that could be built just north of town. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    Local residents, including the writer, attended a community meeting Monday night to hear about a proposed poultry operation. Residents expressed their fears about how the concentrated animal feeding operation could change the town and farms around them. DTN Ag Policy editor...

  • Canada Markets

    This chart compares the cumulative volume of bulk dry pea exports through licensed facilities for the first 24 weeks of 2019-20 (blue line), along with 2018-19 (brown line) and the three-year average (green shaded area). Exports are closely tracking the average pace of movement. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Bulk dry pea exports through licensed facilities remain well ahead of 2018-19, but on par with the average pace. The pace of movement seen over the past two years could result in higher-than-forecast exports for 2019-20.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told reporters on Tuesday he hopes the EPA abides by a recent decision on the small-refinery exemptions program. (DTN file photo)
    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley said he wants the EPA follow a recent court decision handed down on three small-refinery exemptions to the Renewable Fuel Standard.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    Percentage of winter wheat planted as a percent of all U.S. wheat seeded, winter wheat yields as a percent of the U.S. all wheat yield and winter wheat output as a percent of total U.S. wheat production have all declined.

  • Sort & Cull

    Even though Friday's Cattle on Feed Report came out neutral, the market closed lower. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
    Posted by ShayLe Stewart , DTN Livestock Analyst

    It's important to avoid getting tunnel vison and thinking that the cattle industry revolves within its own world.

  • MachineryLink

    The vertical contouring toolbar on the AGCO exclusive SmartFrame on Fendt's new Momentum planter is outfitted with Precision Planting components and flexes up and down as much as 68 inches to follow the field contour. (Photo courtesy of Fendt)
    Posted by Gregg Hillyer , Progressive Farmer Editor-in-Chief

    New Momentum planter is designed to minimize compaction and optimize performance of Precision Planting technology.

  • Market Matters Blog

    The DTN national average corn basis (an average of nearly 4,000 corn bids collected throughout the U.S.) started the new crop year 11 cents above the DTN national average maximum five-year average basis and, as of the week of Jan. 24, was 9 cents above the maximum five-year average basis. (DTN photo)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    The DTN national average corn basis started moving above the maximum five-year average in July 2019 and hasn't looked back since.

  • Technically Speaking

    The weekly chart of March Minneapolis wheat posted an outside bearish reversal last week after encountering resistance at the one-year high. However, downside potential may be limited as CFTC data shows noncommercials roughly neutral as of Jan. 21 (DTN ProphetX chart).
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at weekly charts of Kansas City, Chicago and Minneapolis wheat.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    How domestic migration from blue states to red could complicate the nation's demographic picture in unexpected ways.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    (Progressive Farmer chart by Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota)
    Posted by Katie Micik Dehlinger , Farm Business Editor

    Despite the challenging economic environment, there are farms that are thriving.

  • Production Blog

    Rows of posters presenting the research of agricultural students and their professors at NEPPSC give a glimpse into the pest management techniques of the future. (DTN photo by Emily Unglesbee)

    The work of young ag researchers is on display this week -- and hints at the future of the industry.

  • Editors' Notebook

    (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)
    Posted by Greg D Horstmeier , DTN Editor-in-Chief

    Our look back on the major ag stories of 2019 included some well-known, as well as a couple of completely new, subjects.