Rain in drought areas key to U.S. ag rebound

Poor soil moisture | ‘Ugly looking map’ shows drought has spread into western corn belt and northern plains

Weather is usually a wild card in grain market outlooks. “That’s not necessarily the case this year,” said DTN senior market analyst Darin Newsom. “It’s the only card. It’s all going to depend on weather.” Corn, soybean and all related grain and oilseed prices will be heavily influenced by whether the U.S. in 2013 can […] Read more

U.S. drought may send cattle north

The U.S. drought might have a silver lining for Canadian cattle producers. The Prairies are likely to harvest bumper crops this fall, and some producers are looking south to buy U.S. feeder cattle or offer to place American cows on pasture rather than see them sent them to kill plants. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president […] Read more

U.S. drought threatens ‘critical injury’

The drought that is devastating much of the United States this summer was interrupted for three days in early August. Rain came heavily, sneaking over the sunburned rangeland after the day’s end and scuttling away by the time dawn arrived. “It’s cut down on the dust,” said rancher Adrian Gonzales, whose pastures are part of […] Read more

U.S. may look abroad to meet feed needs

Drought devastates corn | Prices are already high in Canada so the United States may look to other countries for feed crops

The gaping hole that the Midwest drought has left in U.S. corn production creates a vacuum that could draw in lots of wheat and other cereal feedgrains. However, it’s hard to tell whether the vacuum will pull Canadian wheat, barley and oats south to the U.S. or if it will simply keep the prices of […] Read more

Drought to affect feedlots

U.S. weather woes continue | The cost of gain is going up due to rising feed prices

Widespread drought in the United States and rising North American feed prices will almost certainly result in more empty pens in Canadian and American feedlots this fall. Anne Dunford, a cattle market analyst with Gateway Livestock Exchange in Taber, Alta., said the number of cattle on feed in Saskatchewan and Alberta could drop below 550,000 […] Read more

Implications of drought tough to identify

For the hog industry, the U.S. drought is a simple matter: higher feedgrain costs mean higher market hog prices are needed to maintain hog production at current levels. But for the U.S. cattle industry, the drought is much more than a price thing. Farmer decisions in the drought zone, which covers most of the U.S. […] Read more

Rains come too little, too late

U.S. corn, soybean crops suffer in drought | Late rain may help salvage some yields, say growers

GREENFIELD, Indiana — It rained last week at Joe and Pat Mohr’s place, one of the few times this season. The shower hit hard, dumping on the couple’s parched fields for less than an hour. “Maybe it’ll help the soybeans. Maybe it’ll just bring on the weeds because there’s not a canopy,” said the Greenfield, […] Read more

Situation in the Midwest captured by Mike Raine

        Our farm production editor Mike Raine is down in the U.S. Midwest documenting the drought situation. Mike, as many of you know, is also one of the top photographers in the North American agricultural press, and these pix below are both a tragic tale of ruined crops, and beautiful visual images. […] Read more