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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.
From state-level adoption of low carbon fuel standards to companies like FedEx and Amazon making emission-reduction commitments to global conflicts putting petroleum-based fuel supplies in doubt, just about everything seems to be trending in favor of biodiesel at the moment. And soybean crush rates reflect that enthusiasm, with crush levels at historic highs and promising to go even higher as many new plants come online in the coming months. To discuss what all of this means for producers, we’re sitting down this week with Progressive Farmer Crops Editor Matt Wilde. He’s been working on a deep dive into the biodiesel and soybean crush space, and brings us the latest on the issue, including the increased competition for acres, likely impacts on feed and exports, and what all of this could mean for farm revenue, income, and even basis. We’ll dig into all of this, and hear what experts and farmers think the future might look like.
It’s been a long winter for cattle producers in the Western United States, as a historic drought has continued and hard choices have had to be made about herd size. Though some precipitation has come, the overall conditions remain dry, and as supply dwindles, producers see signs that later in the year, prices will likely climb… if they have cattle left to sell. Today we’ll catch up with DTN Livestock Analyst Shayle Stewart, to learn more about the latest news and put all of these issues in a wider context. We’ll talk about consumer demand and inflation, how feed prices and availability are influencing decisions, and how progressive producers are getting through. Plus we’ll hear an update on cattle price transparency and get an outlook on what might be ahead in terms of summer demand.
The April WASDE dropped Friday, April 8th, with USDA wrapping up its look at the 2021 crop as it turns its attention to the 2022 season with the March 31st Prospective Planting report.DTN’s Todd Hultman joins us to unpack the latest stock estimates for the major grains, including some surprising adjustments on soybeans due to changes in China, and the increasing role India might play in global wheat. We’ll discuss the drought in Brazil and its long term implications, hear an update on the effects of the war in Ukraine, and break down the latest on crush and ethanol demand, feed, inflation, and supply chains.
As Plant22 gets underway across the country– farmers are battling high winds, wet soils, cold temperatures and drought. As we look ahead to what looks to be a hot dry year, not only in the US but also in other key growing regions, weather promises to play a major role in operations and in informing the market in the year to come.  DTN’s Team Lead for Ag Weather John Baranick joins us today to provide an overview of what we might expect to see in the year ahead, from the lingering winter weather in the coming weeks to the likelihood of a parched summer in different regions. We’ll talk about changing drought conditions, La Nina effects, extreme weather and wildfires, in addition to discussing a far future look at what harvest weather might have in store. John also offers perspective on spotting and understanding weather wild cards, and points out which trends, both in the US and abroad, he thinks might be most likely to change.
High commodity prices have been the name of the game for months now, and though 2022 promises to be a profitable year for producers, the dramatic rise in the price of inputs is already complicating the picture, and effecting farmer confidence, and thus decision-making, as they report prospective planting and as they look beyond this season.Today, DTN Farm Business Editor Katie Dehlinger joins us to unpack this complicated story, discussing everything from the pressures weighing on fertilizer prices and equipment availability to the uncertainty surrounding Ukraine and the ongoing weather challenges in the Western US.We’ll talk about income predictions, 2023 farm bill discussions, lingering COVID effects, and inflation.
The day after Spring begins, the American farm sector has, for years, been celebrating National Ag Day. To commemorate the official announcement every March by the secretary of Agriculture, ag industry leaders flock to DC to talk with lawmakers and whip up support for the sector ahead of another season. But the global pandemic put the in-person version of these festivities on hold for many years, and a plan originally scheduled to take place in 2019 was put off. This year, it has come to fruition, culminating in a major upgrade for National Ag day that included a two day demonstration of the technologies of Modern Agriculture on the National Mall. This week, we’re joined by DTN Progressive Farmer editor in chief Greg Horstmeier, who not only attended the events in that nation's capitol this week, but has spent much time over the last three years planning them. We’ll hear about the vision, how the events worked out, and how they might set the tone for an uncertain year. 
The results of the National Wheat Yield contest are in, and the winners represent those producers who were able to roll with the punches during one of the toughest years in living memory. There were definitely surprises; from winners in unusual wheat geographies to unexpectedly good protein levels, but the common thread around intensive management was clear. DTN staff reporter Emily Unglesbee joins us today to discuss more of the details around these top farmers, and to dig in on conditions, markets, and what might be ahead in the 2022 season. We’ll also hear her update from Commodity Classic, where she had a front row seat to some of the latest announcements around weed-killing technologies and seed trait advances. We’ll dive deep on where the technology is heading, and when farmers might be able to start using the latest tools.
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