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USDA's initial environmental assessment determined that a Cornell University experiment with diamondback moths engineered to have high female mortality would be safe for the environment. (DTN photo by Nick Scalise)
Posted by Emily Unglesbee

The USDA is weighing proposals to release genetically modified diamondback moths in New York and a GM virus to fight citrus greening in Florida, while the EU tackles mycotoxins.


Business & Inputs


Track interest rate trends in benchmark rates, farm mortgages, operating credit, farm machinery and feeder loans, based on DTN sources and Federal Reserve surveys of ag banks.

Equipment & Tech

Recent state legislation wants to make embedded code available to farm equipment owners. (DTN/The Progressive Farmer photo by Jim Patrico)
Posted by Jim Patrico

Recent state legislation wants to make embedded code available to farm equipment owners. Manufacturers are concerned about potential unintended consequences.

World & Policy

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt takes questions during an Earth Day Texas forum Friday evening. Pruitt defended his strategy for working on air and water quality issues while criticizing the way the Obama administration handled the environment. (DTN photo by Chris Clayton)
Posted by Chris Clayton

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt spoke Friday evening at an Earth Day Texas event. Despite disruption from a few protestors, Pruitt talked about the need for EPA to work on both air quality and water quality, as well as the need for water infrastructure improvements.

Farm Life

Zack Rendel of Miami, Oklahoma, (left) and Brent and Lisa Judisch of Cedar Falls, Iowa, are this year's featured DTN View From the Cab farmers. (Courtesy photo)
Posted by Richard Oswald

After several delays due to rain, Brent and Lisa Judisch of Cedar Falls, Iowa, were finally able to plant their first 220 acres of corn on Monday. Meanwhile, warm weather in northern Oklahoma has allowed Zack Rendel of Miami, Oklahoma, to plant his crops and has also helped his canola and wheat...

What DTN Is Watching


Outside of weather, Friday's planned news items will include monthly reports of existing home sales and cattle on-feed inventory. Currency trading is quiet early, but may turn volatile with Sunday's election in France.


Moderate to locally heavy rain is in store for the Southern Plains and the southern Midwest Friday. Other primary crop areas will be dry. The majority of the Midwest remains dry through the weekend, offering favorable opportunities for planting progress.