World & Policy


  • Stocks Sink on Washington Worries

    Worries that Washington may not be able to help businesses as much as once thought knocked stock indexes down hard early Monday, but they clawed back most of their losses and ended the day mixed.

  • Oil Futures End Mixed Monday

    New York Mercantile Exchange spot-month oil futures settled mixed Monday afternoon after the West Texas Intermediate and ULSD contracts tested last week's lows amid concern over increasing U.S. crude production.

  • A 2015 USDA study looked at health insurance by different commodities. Dairy farmers stood out as the group least likely to have coverage. The failure of the health reform bill last week in Congress means farmers and other small businesses will continue to struggle with issues such as annual premium increases. (Graphic courtesy of USDA)

    Insurance Problems Remain

    Shelving health-care insurance reform doesn't make the problems go away that face farmers and other small businesses dealing with annual increases in premiums for their workers or themselves.

  • Stocks Lower Early Monday

    Stocks around the world sank Monday on worries that the Trump White House may not be able to help businesses as much as once thought. Many of the trends that have been in place since Election Day went into sharp reverse: The dollar's value sank against other...

  • Global Stocks Lower Monday

    Global stocks were lower on Monday as caution among investors prevailed with lingering doubts about the future policy agenda of the new U.S. administration following the health care reform failure.

  • Trump Plans Office for Business Ideas

    President Donald Trump is set to announce a new White House office run by his son-in-law that will seek to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector.

  • Trump's Border Wall Faces Obstacles

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has now laid out exactly what he wants in the "big, beautiful wall" that he's promised to build on the U.S.-Mexico border. But his effort to build a huge barrier to those attempting to enter the U.S.

World & Policy Perspectives

Washington Insider-- Monday

South America Calling

Brazil's Aprosoja delegation attended my DTN weather outlook program at Commodity Classic in San Antonio. Inset: Western Mato Grosso -- a large soybean production sector -- has had extensive rain damage. (Photo by Bryce Anderson; graphic by Nick Scalise)

What DTN Is Watching


Weather and exports will be the focus of grain traders this week, up until the release of USDA's Quarterly Stocks and Prospective Plantings reports Friday. There is also the matter of the technical breakdown of the U.S. dollar index that could influence some commodity markets.


Light to moderate rain is in store for the southern Midwest and northern Delta Monday, offering some possible easing of dry conditions. We'll also see periods of rain and snow in the northwestern U.S., continuing the wet pattern of winter and early spring in this region. Other primary crop areas will be dry. Forecast precipitation charts continue to bring heavy amounts to the Southern Plains, southern Midwest, and Delta this week.


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