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The EPA recently closed a public comment period on a small-refinery exemptions proposed rule. (DTN file photo by Chris Clayton)
Posted by Todd Neeley

A public comment period recently closed on a proposed rule to account for small-refinery exemptions in the Renewable Fuel Standard.

World & Policy


Wall Street capped a wobbly day of trading Thursday with slight gains for the major stock indexes as technology companies and banks outweighed declines elsewhere in the market.

Farm Life

The agricultural economy has experienced a number of plateaus since the end of World War II, all characterized by flat prices and flat incomes. (Chart courtesy of Purdue Extension)
Posted by Katie Dehlinger

After half a decade of watching and waiting for a 1980s-like crash, a leading economist says it's time to stop making comparisons to farming's worst economic crisis and start looking at the resemblance to the long plateau of the 1990s.

What DTN Is Watching


Weekly jobless claims will be out in the morning, along with the Trade Deficit and Factory orders. We will also be watching for any news regarding the U.S. and China trade negotiations. DTN will also be looking at U.S. export sales to see if corn sales pick up and whether soybeans can maintain the positive sales pace.


Showers may occur through west-central and southeast Plains areas later Thursday and in the Delta at night. Snow may develop through the upper peninsula of Michigan during this time. Mainly dry elsewhere in the key U.S. crop areas. In areas without a snow cover this should allow for some harvesting of corn and soybeans. In South America rainfall moves north through Brazil's corn and soybean belt maintaining favorable conditions. Drier weather returns to the central Argentina corn and soybean belt. Dryness remains a significant concern in key growing areas of Argentina.