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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.
The March WASDE dropped Wednesday, March 9th, with USDA offering updated figures on Ukraine wheat and corn supplies, given the state of the ongoing conflict in the region. DTN’s Todd Hultman joins us to unpack the latest news out of Eastern Europe and South America, and to discuss how roiled markets are thinking about basis, among other indicators, as prices for all the major grains reach highs not seen in years. We’ll discuss the energy crunch and what that could mean for ethanol and biodiesel demand, livestock updates from USDA, the continuing impacts of inflation, global sanctions, and shipping slowdowns, and signs that China might be back in the US corn market.
We welcome DTN’s Todd Hultman’s on a special edition of Field Posts this week to discuss what we know, and the many things we don’t as the Russia-Ukraine War continues to escalate. As fighting continues and civilians and civilian infrastructure seem to be increasingly targeted for attacks, ag market watchers the world over wait and watch for news not only on the fate of the Ukrainian people, but also on the vast collateral damage the conflict is likely to wreak on a growing region of global importance. We’ll talk about the uncertain wheat supply and what it might mean for regional food security, Russian sanctions and the financial fallout, and what soaring energy prices and significant uncertainty might mean as farmers in the US and elsewhere prepare for planting in a world still recovering from a pandemic and substantial weather stress. 
Drones and other autonomous aircraft have been a niche technology with a big following for years in American agriculture– but they’ve been plagued by the problem that too often, they’re too advanced or expensive a tool for what actually needs doing.That’s starting to change rapidly according to Senior Editor for The Progressive Farmer Joel Reichenberger, who’s reporting this month on how farmers are using drone technology to do valuable work on their farms, and logging a meaningful return on investment in the process. In Part two of our agtech check-in, we’ll talk with Joel about what’s next for these technologies, how farmers are adopting them, and the kinds of novel tasks they’re completing on farms. 
As farmers look to a future determined more and more by changing climates and limited resources, technology– and the companies that create it– promises to help progressive producers to stay ahead of the curve. This week, in the first part of our two part technology deep dive, we’ll hear from Progressive Farmer Crops Editor Matt Wilde. He’ll give us the download on autonomous equipment that is, after years of hype, making its way into fields in a big way this season. We’ll hear about how farmers (and their neighbors) are reacting to tractors without drivers, how they’re adapting to take advantage of the changes, and what might be ahead in the coming years. Then we’ll dig into the latest moves in the precision tillage space from John Deere and Case IH, and hear about a very special story hopping out of an Iowa dairy.
The February WASDE dropped Wednesday, February 9th, with USDA bringing the attention back to the drought in South America, even if their estimate struck traders as shy of the mark. DTN’s Todd Hultman joins us today to unpack the rest of a relatively quiet report and to discuss how possible conflict in Eastern Europe, among other factors, might be playing into market moves. We’ll discuss the details of growing ethanol and crush demand, dig into supply chain issues at the US-Canadian border, and where China may turn to fill their demand in the coming month.
Though the intensity of discussions and debate within the cattle industry have waned slightly due to more favorable prices; pending lawsuits and proposed regulations have kept disputes over price fixing and market distortions top of mind for many producers and lawmakers alike.As organizations like the American Farm Bureau meet for their annual meetings, some surprising dissent surfaced. DTN Ag Policy editor Chris Clayton was there to track this story, and in the meantime has been following a broad range of issues, from the latest on E15 and ethanol to trade news and global conflict.    Today we’ll dig into a range of topics that are occupying lawmakers and advocates in DC and discuss how these issues are likely to develop in the year ahead. We’ll talk China, supply  chains, climate moves and carbon pipelines too. 
Dicamba has been at the center of pesticide controversy for years, and though EPA says they don’t expect to be able to make changes before the 2022 season, a recent EPA analysis might have changed the stakes in a pending lawsuit that could cause some mid-season disruptions. On top of that, EPA also announced in January a new strategy for complying with the Endangered Species Act, which is already riling the ag and environmental communities over county-level restrictions of some pesticides.  DTNstaff reporter Emily Unglesbee joins us today for a deep dive on dicamba newsto watch, what’s next for chemicals like Enlist, and who to consult forinformation about how your labels might have changed. 
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