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The Biden Administration’s big announcement in 2021, announcing new funding specifically aimed at increasing competition in the US’s meat packing sector, was not by far the first sign that ranchers and feedlots alike are feeling the sting of tough conditions, even while consumers paid record high prices at the meat counter. In the wake of such funding, a number of new meat packing facilities have been proposed all over the country. DTN AG Policy Editor Chris Clayton has been keeping an eye on a number of these proposed projects, and learning more about their viability and their potential impacts on markets and producers in their areas.  He joins us today to unpack his latest reporting on the meat processing sector, to shed some light on how successful similar projects have been in the past, and to discuss how changing economic and policy conditions might affect which plants get off the ground. We’ll also check in on the farm bill and other key policy stories to watch.
With harvest well in view for most farmers, plans for winter down time are also coming into focus. For years, DTN’s Ag Summit has been helping farmers prepare strategically for the uncertainties in the markets, weather and current events of the year to come, and this year is no exception. We’re talking to DTN’s Katie Dehlinger today, who brings up updates on what to expect from the all virtual event this year, as farmers and ag professionals join from across the country and around the world. She’ll say more about the theme of conquering the chaos, announce some of the speakers and sessions that she’s most excited about, and update listeners on logistics for how they can participate.She’ll talk panels, the national young farmers and ranchers awardees, and what this year's event might mean for the future of DTN programming.
The September WASDE dropped Monday, September 12th, and with harvest looming and the crop looking lackluster, grain markets in particular are on tender hooks as they await any new information about the 2022 stocks. DTN’s Todd Hultman joins us to unpack some surprise adjustments that USDA made ahead of the September 30th report. And as corn and soybeans information gets an update, he’ll put it in context giving shifting demand at home and abroad and the risking input market going into this winter. Plus, we’ll discuss why wheat updates matter to all grain growers, dig into livestock market updates, and talk bears and bulls as we unpack Todd’s final overall outlook going into the harvest season.
It’s just weeks away from the end of another year for the cattle market, and the most recent news for and from the markets has been discouraging. But for DTN Livestock Analyst ShayLe Stewart, the next steps for savvy cattlemen are clear– don’t panic, and keep the fundamentals in mind. Today, we’ll talk through the latest data with ShayLe, checking in on feed markets, drought impacts, and slaughter pace to understand whether recent sputtering activity is the beginning of a trend or just a hiccup.We’ll get into demand indicators as inflation rises, discuss the regionality of today’s markets, and dig in to the data that’s making ShayLe see great things coming for cattle in 2023 and beyond. We’ll also hear insights on recent grading numbers, heat, and end-of-year emotions.
Senior Editor for The Progressive Farmer Joel Richenberger is fresh off a visit to the 2022 InfoAg conference, and has been digging into the rapidly maturing world of drone technology since his return. What was once a piece of fringe equipment used for scouting and photography has this summer grown into a valuable implement that farmers around the country are using for precision spraying. Not one but many companies are wading into the drone space, angling towards bigger machines that can carry more chemicals, while at the same time executing on highly precise instructions that may soon– companies expect, start replacing terrestrial spraying tools. We’ll get into the details around price, timelines, and what farmers are saying with Joel, and hear some hints about what the incumbent equipment players might have in store in the years ahead. We’ll talk about use cases, limitations, and what’s next.
DTN’s 5th annual Digital Yield Tour wrapped up just days ago on August 12th, 2022, and yield estimates meaningfully lower than USDA’s left some surprised and others feeling validated.  Today, DTN Farm Business Editor Katie Dehlinger joins us to reveal the latest estimates that Gro Intelligence published during the tour, including granular estimates for 10 key midwestern states and national yield numbers for both corn and soybeans. We’ll dig into the meaning behind the numbers, talk through the hyper-local effects that many farmers are dealing with, and discuss what might still be ahead as weather continues to create uncertainty in the weeks ahead. We’ll discuss drought impacts, delayed planting, and when DTN/progressive farmer readers and listeners might hear the next updated from Gro Intelligence.
The August WASDE dropped Friday, August 12th, and with the broader US economy reckoning with turmoil and the global harvest still uncertain, markets were eager for the information infusion from USDA. DTN’s Lead Analyst Todd Hultman joins us to unpack some of the adjustments the department made that moved markets as analysts zero in on final estimates before harvest. He covers the drought picture, USDA’s planted acres update, and zooms out to put the latest news in the context of a record tight supply situation.We’ll discuss the global supply and demand picture for key grains and oilseeds, dig into livestock market shifts that might be ahead, and talk tactics about how to keep the many, many factors affecting ag markets in mind while planning for the next few months and beyond.More on Ukraine, declining propane levels, and record low wheat supplies.
A host of factors — from the war in Ukraine to the global pandemic — have been putting the refined fuels market through the wringer, both in the US and around the globe. The result — record low inventories in recent months for fossil fuels from gasoline and diesel to propane and natural gas. The inevitable price increases have helped contribute to price inflation for consumers, but for farmers, the prospect of securing enough fuel to harvest and dry down their crops is an additional hurdle. Today, DTN’s Refined Fuels Analyst Brian Milne joins us for an update on where these fuel markets are today, how they’re likely to trend over the coming weeks and months, and what farmers should be on the lookout for as winter approaches. We’ll discuss the unusual summer driving season, some optimistic news on propane availability, and how economic strain might lessen the diesel shortage. Then we’ll talk through the global picture, the weather forecast, and the timelines for alternative fuels
DTN’s 5th annual digital yield tour is just a few days away-- taking place August 8th through August 12th.  With the help of cutting edge data from Gro Intelligence, including satellite imagery, AI and machine learning that updates day by day, the tour promises to add some very timely clarity on what as currently an uncertain crop picture. Today, DTN Farm Business Editor Katie Dehlinger joins us for a preview of the tour, including her expectations of what she might see in the data and on the ground, info on what regions will be covered, and all the details you’ll need to follow along and even participate. We’ll also dig into how the models work and discuss changes since last year’s tour.
Farmers and ranchers across the US are in the thick of the season, and watching carefully as even the slightest weather shifts move markets. What has been a hot, dry, and drought-stricken summer for many has ag commodity watchers on the edge of their seats as harvest looms, and the size and condition of the corn, soybean and wheat crops, among others, come into sharper focus.   DTN’s Team Lead for Ag Weather John Baranick joins us today to offer us an inside look at weather conditions as we move through the hottest parts of summer. He’ll talk through drought and heat conditions, the impacts of recent derechos and likelihood of more extreme weather, and how global weather conditions might be impacting US markets.We’ll also talk hurricanes, grazing conditions, and the state of the Colorado river basin, plus hear a full and updated outlook for the coming months.
Transitioning a farm from one generation to the next is a many stepped process, some of which are legal or financial, but many more of which are personal, interpersonal, and emotional. And that can make this work really, really hard. Today, DTN Special Correspondent Elizabeth Williams joins to talk more about her series on the process of succession planning. She’ll share wisdom she’s learned in her reporting, discuss the advice she’s heard from experts advisors and farmers who have been through the process themselves alike, and point listeners to valuable resources as they wade into their own planning journey. We’ll discuss communication and fairness between on farm and off farm heirs, how to compensate recent returnees to the farm, and how to invest in the skills and abilities needed in the farms future leadership.
Since the now infamous occurrence of a class of compounds described as forever chemicals on a West Virginia farm years ago led to devastating consequences for animals and humans alike, EPA, state regulators, and scientists have been detecting PFAS across the country, in soil, water, and even human blood. High concentrations of PFAS in some areas have led authorities to prohibit farmers in multiple states from selling their goods, from dairy and meat from exposed cattle to produce. DTN AG Policy Editor Chris Clayton has been keeping an eye on the evolving story around these PFAS cases in agriculture, and specifically on the policy response from USDA, EPA, and state and federal lawmakers. He joins us today to unpack his latest reporting on the topic, to shed some light on why there’s so little information available on what the future might hold, and to flag what he’ll be watching as multiple cases in different states move forward
The USDA’s June 30th acreage report has been long anticipated– as conditions over the months since the March prospective planting report have shifted considerably. DTN’s lead analyst Todd Hultman joins us today to put the report’s findings into perspective– as ag markets have softened, and that trend looks to continue, despite market fundamentals. Todd unpacks his expectations going into the report, as well as a bit of history around the reliability of June numbers. He also puts USDA’s estimates into the broader context as the conflict in Ukraine, high fuel prices, and uncertain weather continue to influence the market on a daily basis. We’ll discuss stocks and outlooks for the major grains, total acreage numbers, and what summer weather and harvest might have in store.
For many months now Boerson Farms has been at the center of a federal investigation, led by the IRS. This comes after a number of lawsuits were filed against the farm in recent years, primarily attempting to force Boerson Farms to pay money owed to companies both local and national, that had provided products and services used to operate the farm’s 83,000 cropland acres. One creditor, Helena Agri-Enterprise, obtained a $15 million judgment against the farm, but this proved to be just the tip of the iceberg as other creditors have come forward claiming hundreds of millions in outstanding debt. Today, DTN Staff reporter Todd Neeley brings us up to date on the Boerson Farms story, provides some insight into reactions he’s hearing on the ground, and outlines what might come next in the investigation. We’ll dig into the facts of the case, who’s been impacted, and what this means for both those directly involved and the farm sector more generally.
The 2022 Ag Symposium was held by the Kansas City Fed May 23rd and 24th, and the theme of the bank’s annual event is help wanted in agriculture. Today, DTN Farm Business Editor Katie Dehlinger joins us to talk more about what she heard from President of the Kansas City Fed, Esther George, and from various Fed economists who have their attention trained on the ag sector as inflation climbs, global factors disrupt supply chains, and the resources farmers need to run their businesses get harder to find. From the bank's perspective– ag labor is at the top of the list, whether it’s the need for hired hands on grain operations, cowboys or dairy workers, or picking and pruning teams, workers are becoming fewer and farther between. We’ll discuss how the Fed understands this growing issue, what they can and can’t do about it, and where they expect relief to come from.
The June WASDE dropped Friday, June 10th, and what is usually a quiet report ahead of a more interesting USDA missive at the end of the month did not disappoint. Nevertheless, DTN’s Todd Hultman joins us to unpack the smaller updates that the department made to their production and stock estimates, and to talk about why even small tweaks matter in today’s historically tight supply situation.We’ll discuss the near and long term weather forecasts and what they might mean for heat and dryness in the coming months, in addition to digging into the prospects for a new proposal to get grain out of Ukraine. We’ll also dig into what might be ahead for ag given current fuel costs, and what all of this means for grain and livestock producers as competition with South America heats up and China’s needs continue to rise.  Then we'll talk more on soybean crush, record basis, and what Fed actions might mean for ag.
After months of back and forth on various legislative proposals, the House and Senate Agriculture Committees both sat down for a hearing in recent weeks to learn more from industry leaders about the problems and needs of the cattle market when it comes to price transparency. In light of the added recent hardships of rising feed prices and inflation in the grocery store, many ranchers are looking for answers, but there’s little agreement about what possible actions might be the most sensible way forward.Today, we’re joined by DTN Ag policy editor Chris Clayton to talk about recent discussions on Capitol Hill and beyond. We’ll dig into proposed bills and their chances of being signed into law, responses from major cattle groups, how cattlemen are weighing in, and what might be next as a new farm bill cycle looms.
On May 19th, the annual Winter Wheat Tour wrapped up its survey of the Southern Plains wheat crop, which were estimated yields based on the results of 550 stops through the region. Progressive Farmer Crops Editor Matt Wilde made his way to Kansas with dozens of other industry experts to participate in collecting the data, and reports what he saw on the ground. Today, we’ll talk about crop development and weather risk still to come, in addition to pest and disease pressure and quality expectations. We’ll dig into variations by region and discuss what’s up next as the wheat harvest gets underway.
In the last few years, the ethanol industry has been through a lot. From promised E15 expansion and small refinery waivers through a global pandemic that cratered driving demand through today’s energy scarcity that has prompted the Biden administration to expand E15 availability during the summer months once again. Though demand is certainly looking up for ethanol, there are risks too as corn and other commodity grains rise in price. And at the same time, legislative uncertainty looms. Today, DTN Staff reporter Todd Neeley joins us to discuss what we can expect to see in terms of ethanol news and announcements during this summer driving season, and what that means for corn and ethanol demand. We’ll dig into the potential impact of pending state-level action, what the impact of global demand and alternative markets might be, and what the EPA might be thinking as it looks to a less certain future of the RFS. Plus, an update on how all of these factors may impact other parts of the ag sector.
The May WASDE dropped Thursday, May 12th, with USDA offering a first look at what might be ahead in the new crop season that’s just starting to unfold. DTN’s Todd Hultman joins us to unpack the department's updates to production estimates for corn and stocks predictions for wheat, and we'll also take a closer look at what all this might mean for a shifting demand landscape. The global weather picture, from the rain delaying planting, to drought in the plains and in South America will be in focus as we explore what pressures the market is most worried about. Then we’ll check in on the wide ranging impacts of the Ukraine conflict, and what it means for everything from wheat exports to soybean crush demand.  We’ll discuss a heatwave in India, the complex supply chain picture, and why USDA is tweaking a long held prediction practice in 2022.
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