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A Few Odds and Ends

 Following are a few thought-provoking items: The corn, soybean and spring wheat crops are off to a great start despite weather that has not been entirely favorable when measured by traditional standards. May was the hottest on record for that month, and June has been the third-hottest over the Midwest. It is likely that the 11 weeks of 1 May-14 July will end up being the hottest such period ever for the Midwest, exceeding that of the 2012 drought year. Yet weekly crop condition ratings have remained very high, raising the possibility of another year of near-record yields. True, the impact of the heat has been softened by high levels of soil moisture accumulated during the heavy spring rains. We are totally unqualified to discuss pl...

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Mar 19 Corn closed at $3.7475/bushel, up $0 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Wheat closed at $5.0425/bushel, down $0.0275 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soybeans closed at $9.075/bushel, up $0.04 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soymeal closed at $306.5/short ton, up $1 from yeste...

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