Blogs

  • Canada Markets

    This chart shows the trend in the year-over-year change in seeded acre estimates for selected Canadian crops. The blue bars represent the change calculated based on January AAFC estimates, while the brown bars represent the most recent March estimates. (DTN graphic by Cliff Jamieson)
    Posted by Cliff Jamieson , Canadian Grains Analyst

    Seeded acre estimates for 2019 can be viewed as moving targets as the industry tries to get a handle on trade with China and how Canada's exports will be affected. Between AAFC's January and March estimates, acreage shifts seem to be favoring wheat, oats, barley and...

  • Ag Policy Blog

    Posted by Chris Clayton , DTN Ag Policy Editor

    National Farmers Union on Monday, leading a coalition of other farm and rural groups, called on Congress to fully fund the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) in fiscal year 2020.

  • Market Matters Blog

    On March 19, 2019, U.S. Coast Guard icebreakers Mackinaw and the Alder and the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Samuel Risley moved through the Soo Locks on their way to the Port of Duluth/Superior to begin ice-cutting operations. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District)
    Posted by Mary Kennedy , DTN Basis Analyst

    The Great Lakes prepared for the start of the 2019 shipping season with the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers moving up and down the lakes to cut away ice for ships to begin safely moving in and out of the ports.

  • Technically Speaking

    Brazil's currency, the real, got a modest boost after September with the election of Jair Bolsonaro as Brazil's new president, but turned lower again in March as economic growth remains sluggish. (DTN ProphetX chart)
    Posted by Todd Hultman , DTN Lead Analyst

    A technical look at weekly charts of Brazil's real, Russia's ruble and the euro.

  • Editors' Notebook

    A motorboat sits ready to reach a hog building surrounded by Missouri River flood waters east of Herman, Nebraska. The hog building was not flooded, as it was built up higher, but the lane leading to the building was underwater. (DTN photo by Russ Quinn)
    Posted by Elaine Shein , Associate Managing Editor

    The stories and images following extreme weather challenges have been heartbreaking, and there's a lot of hard work and healing ahead, but the Midwest is fighting to bounce back and proudly show why it's called the heartland.

  • Ag Weather Forum

    The official spring flood outlook has most of the Midwest and Delta, along with much of the Great Plains, at risk for moderate to major flooding through the 2019 spring. (NOAA graphic)
    Posted by Bryce Anderson , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Moderate to major flooding continues with a high risk in the central U.S. throughout the spring.

  • An Urban's Rural View

    Michelangelo's depiction of the biblical flood on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
    Posted by Urban C Lehner , Editor Emeritus

    People have always liked living next to water, even though they tempt fate by doing so.

  • Fundamentally Speaking

    Posted by Joel Karlin , DTN Contributing Analyst

    20 year history of changes in planted acreage for U.S. corn, soybeans and wheat from the USDA's Ag Outlook Forum to the end of March Prospective Plantings report

  • Harrington's Sort & Cull

    Posted

    There's new evidence that despite chicken's zooming performance over beef in recent decades, this pronounced growth bias continues to accelerate -- perhaps to a longer-term disadvantage for the poultry industry.

  • Production Blog

    Scott Trimble may be surrounded by popcorn this time of the year, but it won't be long before the fields will be calling to plant the raw ingredient needed for his tasty snacks. (DTN photo by Pam Smith)
    Posted by Pam Smith , Crops Technology Editor

    Defining farmers doesn't have to be definitive. We need diversity in our industry, too.

  • Machinery Chatter

    Kubota rolled out is new M7 Gen 2 tractor (shown here) at the National Farm Machinery Show in February. Now it has announced the coming production of a not-yet-revealed tractor able to perform significant row-crop work. (Photo courtesy of Kubota)
    Posted by Dan Miller , Progressive Farmer Senior Editor

    Kubota wants competing tractor manufacturers to feel its steady progress onto their turf, as it prepares to bring a higher-horsepower line to market in the second half of this year.

  • Ethanol Blog

    Posted by Todd Neeley , DTN Staff Reporter

    The state of Washington may soon have a low-carbon fuel standard that opens the door for biodiesel, if a bill passed in the state's house of representatives becomes law.

  • South America Calling

    Most crop areas of Argentina have either adequate or surplus soil moisture going into the last of February. (Argentinal National Meteorological Center graphic)
    Posted by Mike Palmerino , DTN Senior Ag Meteorologist

    Argentina's central crop areas dodged late-season dryness with recent rainfall.

  • Minding Ag's Business

    A recent American Farm Bureau Federation Market Intel study finds that commercial banks have greater exposure to non-real estate debt, while Farm Credit system banks have more exposure to real estate. (Chart courtesy of AFBF)

    While commercial banks and Farm Credit system lenders hold nearly equal shares of farm debt, banks hold more non-real estate debt, exposing them to greater risks if the farm economy continues to flounder.