Learn about and discuss the cutting edge of the ag industry and explore new perspectives on farming’s old adages. Field Posts is a weekly podcast by DTN/The Progressive Farmer that dives deeper into the most important trends in technology, policy, management, and business to explore the ag industry’s cutting edge.
Small Surprises in the June WASDE
The June WASDE dropped Thursday, June 10th, representing an early season report without many changes from the May version. Nevertheless, DTN’s Todd Hultman joins us today to break down the surprises we saw in supply and demand, and what may have prompted USDA’s update for stocks. We’ll take a closer look at the slightly weakening soybean basis, at what continued dryness means for wheat, and about how Latin American weather patterns will continue to influence prices for all the major grains. Then we’ll talk about international COVID news and what might be ahead in terms of economic recovery.
Havoc in the Cattle Markets
It’s been a wild year for beef markets, whether you’re a cow-calf operator, a feedlot, or a packer. As the industry continues to work through the effects of a global pandemic, calls for restructuring have grown, and then a data breach at JBS has sent the sector reeling.
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, USDA’s confusing reports, and how drought conditions in the West may contribute to further herd liquidation. Plus we’ll hear what impact rising grain prices might continue to have on the industry, and how to think about opportunity in this uncertain market.
Hard Winter Wheat Tour Predicts Top Yields
After a year without a crop tour, Progressive Farmer Crops Editor Matt Wilde made his way to the Southern plains with dozens of farmers, industry experts, and reporters to take part in the annual Hard Winter Wheat Tour. Today we’ll hear the latest numbers from the tour from Matt, and learn first hand what he saw out in the field from Oklahoma to Kansas. We’ll talk about crop development, weather risk, and what’s contributed to such a strong showing. Plus we’ll hear what’s on the minds of industry, and what Matt’s watching in terms of up-coming crop stories for the 2021 season.
May the WASDE Be With You
The May WASDE dropped Wednesday, May 12th. And though this report arrives early in the season, and so carries the uncertainty of being an early prediction, it offers valuable insight on what might be ahead for markets in the 2021 crop season. DTN’s Todd Hultman joins us today to break down how the market is thinking about the old crop versus the new one, and whether USDA’s predictions for export and ethanol demand are in line with what we’re seeing on the ground. We’ll take a closer look at margins for weather error, how to put today’s vigorous soybean crush demand in context, what may be ahead in the wheat season, and how volatility in the wider commodities space may be impacting ag markets.
How to Use Dicamba in 2021
Dicamba has been embroiled in regulatory and legal controversy for years at this point, and with the changing of the guard in Washington, label changes are adding complexity to what products farmers can use, including when and how they can use them. DTN staff reporter Emily Unglesbee joins us today for a deep dive on how dicamba products can be used this year, according to both the three updated federal labels, and under various state restrictions. We’ll discuss the implication of local lawsuits, requirements for downwind buffers, and where to go for help.
Autonomous Machines Take to the Field
An unexpectedly hot farm equipment market, fueled by the months long rise in commodity prices, is colliding with some of the biggest commercial rollouts of autonomous farm implements in 2021. Technologies that have been discussed for years are finally making their way into farmer’s hands, and the industry is already looking ahead to the next iteration. Today, we’ll talk with Progress Farmer Senior Editor Dan Miller about the latest in farm machinery announcements, how farmers are responding as they adopt the latest innovations, and what might be next in this fast-evolving space. Then we’ll check in on grain bin safety and DTN/Progressive Farmers’ Reader Insights.
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