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Engineers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln have developed a drone able to light controlled prairie burns using balls dropped from the sky. The drone injects a liquid into the plastic spheres to start a delayed fiery process so the balls can fall to the ground before igniting. (Photo by Craig Chandler, University Communications, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Posted by Cheryl Anderson

A micro-drone capable of precisely and efficiently igniting prescribed burns was recently tested at a historical site in Nebraska by researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

World & Policy

Posted by George Orwel

Oil futures settled shallowly mixed Tuesday afternoon, with crude posting a better than three-month low on growing concerns about excess supply while RBOB and ULSD futures reversed higher from overnight losses ahead of Tuesday afternoon's expiration of August products options contracts.

Farm Life

A Montana landowner was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the District of Montana in Missoula on Wednesday after years of legal battles on a variety of fronts with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (Logo courtesy of EPA)
Posted by Todd Neeley

A 77-year-old Montana landowner convicted of Clean Water Act violations was sentenced to federal prison Wednesday. Meanwhile, a former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wetlands scientist who conducted his own analysis of the land said he could find no evidence any waters of the U.S. were harmed...

What DTN Is Watching


Light to moderate rain is in store for the southeastern Plains through Ohio Valley Tuesday. We'll also see light rain in the far Northern Plains and northern Midwest. Other primary U.S. and Canadian Prairies crop regions will be dry. Temperatures will be seasonal in the Midwest, Northern Plains, and Prairies, and hot elsewhere; however, heat will not be as extreme as last week. This combination generally favors crops, but recent dryness in portions of the Plains and far eastern Midwest is stressful.


Grain traders should continue to trade weather forecasts and Monday afternoon's NASS crop condition numbers. However, some commercial buying was seen in the bean complex overnight. Financial markets will pay close attention as the FOMC's 2-day July meeting gets under way while a number of companies, including McDonalds, are set to release quarterly earnings.