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Scouts encountered many signs of severe drought in spring wheat fields Wednesday, such as this crack, as the wheat tour ventured into northwestern and central North Dakota. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Ernst, Chiodo Commodities)

Drought continued to drag down yields on the tour's second day, which ended with an overall estimate of 35.7 bpa, down from 46.5 bpa last year.


APHIS says an atypical case of BSE has been found in an 11-year-old Alabama cow. (DTN file photo)
Posted by Chris Clayton

USDA announced on Tuesday that an 11-year-old Alabama cow tested positive for an atypical case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, the fifth U.S. case going back to 2003.

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

The SpeedTube is the heart of a tentative deal between Precision Planting and AGCO. Other components of the deal included SeedSense monitors, vSet meters, vDrive electric motors and DeltaForce automatic downforce controllers. (Photo courtesy of Precision Planting)
Posted by Jim Patrico

After a couple of months of industry speculation about who would buy Precision Planting, AGCO answered the questions this week with the announcement that it would be the new owner of the multi-faceted planting technology company.

World & Policy


U.S. stock indexes pulled back from their record highs Thursday after an afternoon swoon for technology companies helped overshadow another big day for telecoms.

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 of Zack Rendel; DTN photo of Brent and Lisa Judisch by Pamela Smith)
Posted by Richard Oswald

Cooler weather and more rain returned to Brent and Lisa Judisch's area of east-central Iowa this past weekend, providing relief to heat-stressed corn. Meanwhile, temperatures in the hundreds in northeast Oklahoma are pushing Zack Rendel's corn to a likely earlier-than-normal harvest.

What DTN Is Watching


Thursday morning will see the release of the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map (through Tuesday, July 25) and weekly export sales and shipment numbers (for the week ending Thursday, July 20). Both should provide background only for recent action in the grain and oilseed complex. Financial markets have weekly jobless claims (through July 22) as well as a number of June numbers including durable goods orders.


Moderate to locally heavy rain is in store for the eastern and southern Midwest Thursday, with light rain for portions of the Southern Plains, and dry conditions elsewhere. Temperatures will be seasonal in central crop areas and hot in northern and southern areas. Crop conditions have improved short-term in the western Corn Belt after rainfall this week.

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