Top 5 Things to Watch

Key Happenings the DTN Newsroom is Tracking for the Week of Feb. 19-25

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OMAHA (DTN) -- Here are the Top 5 things the DTN Newsroom is tracking for the week of Feb. 19. Watch for coverage of these and other topics through the week on our subscription platforms as well as on

1. USDA Outlook Conference: The annual USDA Ag Outlook Forum is Feb. 23-24. The event is packed with sessions covering major issues in the ag economy, capped by USDA's official economic prognostications early Friday morning. DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton will be there to provide news coverage in our Top Stories and other areas, with the likelihood of some personal insights in his Ag Policy blog, found here:….

2. Early week winter waves: Several storm systems will trek across the U.S. this week. DTN Ag Meteorologist John Baranick says the next round begins in the Pacific Northwest Monday night into Tuesday. It is expected to head into the Great Lakes through Tuesday and into Wednesday, bringing snow to the Northern Plains and Great Lakes areas.

You can read more in the latest Ag Weather Forum here:….

3. Dark anniversary: Feb. 24 is, of course, the first anniversary of Russians invasion into Ukraine; the ongoing war continues to influence the global economy, particularly global food security. Look for both reflections on that anniversary mark, as well as the potential real-time market influences from additional fighting in Ukraine.

4. Latest cattle numbers: USDA will release its latest Cattle on Feed report Friday, and the market will watch closely for continued signs of tight supplies. Watch for our preview analysis on Feb. 23.

5. Presidential thoughts: Trading markets are closed today, Feb. 20, as is the DTN newsroom, to mark the President's Day holiday. This year, as we remember the birthday of George Washington as well as Abraham Lincoln and others, many thoughts are with our 39th president, James Earl Carter Jr. The former peanut farmer from Plains, Georgia, who at 98 is the longest-lived U.S. president, entered into hospice care Feb. 18.