Top 5 Things to Watch

WASDE, Warm Weather and Road Warriors

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OMAHA (DTN) -- Here are the Top 5 things the DTN Newsroom is tracking for the week of April 16. Watch for coverage of these and other topics through the week on our subscription platforms as well as on

1. April WASDE: April 11 is the next World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report. DTN Lead Analyst Todd Hultman will post his expectations for the report on April 10. We'll have coverage just after 11 a.m. CDT, as quick as those little electrons can get to your computer, satellite unit and mobile devices. You'll see updated commentary on the report through the 11:00 hour, followed by Hultman's WASDE webinar at 12:30 p.m. CDT. Sign up for the webinar here:….

2. Change in weather pattern: Troughs, and the clashing storms they create, stay away. Milder conditions are in, at least through most of this week. That may help coax some planters and tillage equipment out of the shed, but it also means the beginning of the Big Melt in the Northern Plains. We'll continue to be on flood watch as the week progresses, and as the potential for rain comes back in the following week. Catch our daily Market Weather Outlook video reports each morning here:….

3. Lively livestock markets: The past week saw significant cash sales around the country, with the dollars to keep the sale rings going. We'll continue to track this hot market.

4. Be safe out there: The first rush of spring always brings the chance of roadway conflicts as the nonfarm world remembers what those big pieces of equipment with orange and red triangle signs are all about. The closing rate between 60 mph and 17 mph is, well, faster than you think. Be watchful, no matter which end of that speed scale you're on.

5. Speaking of safety: One of the nastiest days you can have is standing over or next to an anhydrous ammonia connection that fails. If you're a "gasser," remember: Gloves, goggles, rinse water. And doublecheck those hoses before you crack the valve.

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