Top 5 Things to Watch

Virtual Events, Market Movers Highlight Coverage

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OMAHA (DTN) -- Here are the Top 5 things the DTN Newsroom is tracking for the week of Aug. 13. Watch for coverage of these and other topics through the week on our subscription platforms as well as on

1. Ag Summit Series: Tuesday is our latest DTN Ag Summit Series virtual event. We'll touch on details behind the recent DTN Digital Yield Tour, but the morning is also full of discussions about what farmers are seeing in their fields, where fertilizer prices may be headed, plus weather and market outlooks from DTN's experts. The event starts at 8:30 a.m. CDT Tuesday, but it's important to register and get logged in before that morning to make sure you're fully connected and ready to go. We know you won't want to miss a minute of it. Your registration automatically allows you to download sessions you may have missed or to rewatch a presentation with others in your operation. To register for the free event, go here:….

2. Enjoy the mild conditions: Expect one more week of good crop weather across the Corn Belt. The system that moves through during the weekend and early in the week will be followed by another larger storm system for mid-to-late week. Both are expected to bring widespread precipitation, but maybe some severe weather and stronger background winds. Mild temperatures dominate the week, but they'll change Friday and especially during the Aug. 19 weekend as a ridge builds across the middle of the country and pumps up the heat for the end of August. That will shut down a lot of the precipitation that has favored the southern Corn Belt but could be more beneficial to areas across the north that have been drier.

3. Yield Tour review: We learned a lot about the rebound potential of crops, and how the have- and have-not rain systems have affected the overall crop conditions during our sixth annual DTN Digital Yield Tour powered by Gro Intelligence. DTN Farm Business Editor Katie Dehlinger will post a review of the week, and some of the interesting backstories that didn't make it into our official coverage. Watch for that story in our Top Stories area. You'll also find it, and all the 2023 coverage, including video links, here:….

4. Livestock numbers: The Aug. 11 World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report showed lower beef production numbers and relatively strong packer demand. This Friday, we'll add to that look when the latest USDA Cattle on Feed numbers come out. Watch for numbers and analysis from DTN Livestock Analyst ShayLe Stewart Friday afternoon.

5. Other reports this week: Monday sees USDA weekly export inspections at 10 a.m. CDT, and the USDA weekly Crop Progress report at 3 p.m., with analysis soon after. Tuesday is the release of U.S. retail sales for July at 7:30 a.m. CDT, another view of the economy, which seems to be stronger than many anticipated. Wednesday we'll see U.S. housing starts in July at 7:30 a.m., July U.S. industrial production in July at 8:15 a.m. and the Energy Department's weekly energy inventories at 9:30 a.m. On Thursday, USDA releases weekly export sales, the latest weekly jobless claim numbers are out, and U.S. Drought Monitor is updated, all at 7:30 a.m. Later in the morning are U.S. leading indicators for July, the U.S. Energy Department's natural gas storage report (all at 9:30 a.m.), and USDA's Livestock, Dairy and Poultry outlook at 2 p.m.

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