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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.

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.


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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.








E85: Deere Goes Autonomous in 2022

Big things are happening in the world of farm equipment, whether we’re looking back at the recently released 2021 sales figures, or looking ahead to some big announcements arriving about electric and autonomous machines. Today, we’re talking with Progressive Farmer Senior Editor Dan Miller, who is fresh off the 2022 consumer electronics show in Las Vegas, where John Deere made waves with the unveiling of their autonomous tractor. He’ll talk about what he saw, and what he’s hearing from...


E84: A Quiet New Year with January WASDE

The January WASDE dropped Wednesday, January 12th, putting the focus back on the global crop after affirming that the 2021 harvest in the US turned out mostly as expected. DTN’s Todd Hultman joins us today to unpack the latest on global stocks, and to discuss how he’s monitoring news about inflation, high fertilizer prices, supply chains, and COVID-19 as we move into the first quarter of the new year. We’ll discuss domestic and international demand shifts, the possible regional pressures on...


E83: Meet America's Best Young Farmers and Ranchers

DTN Progressive Farmer’s 2022 Class of best farmers and ranchers was announced in Chicago at the DTN Ag Summit in December, and attendees got to learn all about the young leaders who are moving American agriculture forward. This week, you’ll get to meet them too. We’re closing out the year with a celebration of the enthusiastic thoughtfulness of these young families, who are running revolutionary grain, beef, and dairy operations all over the country. You’ll learn who they are, what they...


E82: Managing Through a Hot Ag Labor Market

A record number of Americans have left their jobs over the last 18 months, and the high demand for workers as the economy transitions out of a pandemic have sent wages soaring. For farmers, this has meant having to get creative and savvy about finding, recruiting, and retaining top performers in order to keep their businesses operating. This week, we’re joined by Lori Culler, DTN farm business advisor and the founder of AgHires, an online job board and recruiting firm dedicated to the...


E81: Unwrapping the December WASDE

The December WASDE dropped Thursday, December 9th, confirming many expectations about minimal changes to the US crop for corn and soybeans while introducing a bit of the unexpected for wheat. DTN’s Todd Hultman joins us today to unpack just a few updated update figures, and to discuss what other factors he’ll be following most closely as markets switch their focus to other regions during the US’s quiet season. We’ll discuss driving demand and soybean crush, the unusual price bump in...


E80: Ag Confidence Slips on High Input Costs

DTN has been tracking farmer sentiments about the present and future of ag markets since 2010 through a tri-annual survey, which becomes the Ag Confidence Index. The latest numbers have arrived, and the verdict is clear. Though things are looking good in many parts of the country today, the future looks much more uncertain. This week, we’re joined by DTN Editor-in-Chief Greg Horstmeier, who will take us beat by beat through the latest Agriculture Confidence Index numbers, and break...


E79: Fertilizer Prices Hit Record Highs

Fertilizer prices have been on a long climb over the course of 2021, and in the last few weeks have reached some truly jaw dropping heights as retailers struggle to even place orders for the chemical that farmers plan to use for the year ahead. This week, we’re joined by DTN editor and reporter Russ Quinn to dig into what’s driving these price spikes, from a myriad of supply chain disruptions to higher commodity prices, to global inflation. We’ll also discuss how farmers and experts are...


E78: Can't Put a Price on Farmland

Just a few weeks ago, a record-setting price of $26,000 per acre was paid for a stretch of Iowa farmland, representing the latest in what seems like an unstoppable upward trend in sales. There doesn’t seem to be any ceiling for this market, and today, DTN’s Victoria Myers joins us to discuss her recent story about America’s new Land Rush. She’ll walk us through the current trends in the market, who’s driving it, and how individuals and organizations within ag and without are...


E77: The WASDE of Confusion

The November WASDE dropped Tuesday, November 9th, creating some short term confusion as traders moved on lower soybean ending stock numbers before measuring their response in light of weak export figures. DTN’s Todd Hultman joins us today to unpack the updated figures in a report, which is likely to be the last major adjustment to the 2021 yield numbers before the January WASDE. We’ll discuss the China trade watch, domestic demand for corn and soybeans, weather outlooks, and how changes...


E76: Farm Machinery vs. Supply Chains

The farm equipment market is as tight as ever, with new and used equipment in extremely high demand after a year of good commodity prices and supply chain disruptions that have left manufacturers scrambling for commodity inputs to make everything from tires to computer chips. Today, we’ll talk with Progressive Farmer Senior Editor Dan Miller about the latest in what to expect in the months ahead in the equipment market, and how to prepare for a year when it might not be possible to get...


E75: Ag Summit in Focus

The weather is turning colder, and the minds of farmers are turning towards the year ahead, as strategy planning gets well underway. DTN’s Ag Summit is helping to put farmers into that strategic mindset, with sessions on markets, weather, global trade, changing tax regimes and the effects of Coronavirus. DTN’s Katie Dehlinger stops by today with updates on what to expect from the event this year in Chicago, from a master class on ag markets all the way to a dueling pianos bash to celebrate...


E74: Staying Ahead of Cyber Threats in Ag

Earlier this year, meat giant JBS was forced to pay millions in ransom when a cybersecurity breach left data critical to their operation vulnerable to online criminals. Since then, other organizations, from cooperatives to pipelines, have also been attacked, and with more and more of agriculture’s critical information being stored online, anxiety is growing. Today, DTN’s Victoria Myers joins us to discuss her ongoing series on Cybersecurity in the ag sector, walking us through the hacks...


E73: Waking the Bears with October WASDE

The October WASDE dropped Tuesday, October 12th. This report was expected to be a market mover, as USDA was expected to make some significant adjustments in the aftermath of the September 30th Grain Stocks report, and this months’ report was their first opportunity to correct the record. DTN Todd Hultman joins us today to unpack the updated figures in a report that turned out to be one of the more bearish we’ve seen in 2021. We’ll talk more about the changes to stocks and demand estimates,...


E72: Soybean Surprises in Quarterly Stocks Report

The September 30th Quarterly Stocks report wasn’t expected to cause much of a stir, but bigger than expected updates to soybean totals surprised markets and analysts alike. DTN’s Todd Hultman joins us today to unpack USDA’s updates and discuss how these updated figures fit into the overall picture as the 2021 season inches closer to the close. We’ll talk more about what new stock levels mean for adjacent markets like ethanol and crush, how exports might come into play, and what might be on...


E71: Looking Ahead on Hay Markets

Whether farmers and ranchers are dealing with severe drought in the Northern Plains and Western states or too much wetness in the Eastern Corn Belt, weather is wearing on the hay market and leading to a challenging price situation. This week, we’re joined by DTN editor and reporter Russ Quinn to dig into the regional variations in the hay market, where prices and availability have been throughout the season, and what might change in the coming months. We’ll also talk about pressures beyond...


E70: Power Up Your Farm Business

As harvest 2021 shifts into the rearview mirror, it’s time to start thinking about the year to come and how your farm can prepare for success. With the winter planning season just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the successes and setbacks of 2021 and how to turn those lessons into durable decisions in the year to come. Attending the 2021 DTN Ag Summit, held again this year in Chicago, is a great way to get a start on that work. Today, DTN’s Katie Dehlinger gives us...


E69: September WASDE Surprises

Among other surprises, the September WASDE brought with it an unexpected update from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Will the new info provide more clarity for markets ahead of harvest? The September WASDE dropped Friday, September 10th. With this report, the National Agricultural Statistics Service updated acreage adjustments for a range of crops, a change that usually isn’t available until the October report, and which raised some fears and uncertainty in the market. DTN’s...


E68: 2021 Pre-Harvest View from the Cab

Two young producers, from Texas and Iowa, reflect on farming grains, livestock, and families in 2021, the harvest, and what comes next. Since 2005, DTN Progressive Farmer has been selecting two farmers every year from various parts of the country to participate in their annual View from the Cab Project. These farmers spend a full year getting to know DTN’s Pamela Smith as they work through weekly calls and check-ins, sharing their stories and their seasons with the rest of the broader farm...


E67: Celebrating a Career in Ag Weather with Bryce Anderson

Bryce Anderson started his ag meteorology career with DTN Progressive farmer in 1991, and since then has been keeping an eye on the weather on behalf of the ag community, carefully following trends both here in the US and around the world. After more than 30 years of forecasting, Bryce is transitioning to the role of DTN Meteorologist Emeretis, and he joins us today to reflect on his career, discuss the big weather picture, and look ahead to the coming months one last time. We’ll check in on...


E66: Secrets of the DTN Yield Tour 2021

On Friday, August 13th, DTN analysts wrapped up the findings of the 2021 digital yield tour powered by Gro Intelligence, whose satellite mapping technology is revealing a potentially bin busting crop in the fields across the Midwest. Today we’ll check in DTN Business Editor Katie Dehlinger for the results from the big ten corn and soybeans states, including North Dakota for the first time, and discuss what they’re hearing from farmers on the ground and put it in context with the USDA WASDE...