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Crops Being Made

July is a critical month for corn and soybeans are made in August so short of freak events like last week’s derecho, this year’s crops are nearly past any troubles. Next week’s U.S. Midwest weather brings below normal temperatures and less precipitation, which is better than high temperatures and low precipitation, and the cooler temps are beneficial to pod filling.  Globally, July 2020 has tied July 2016 as the hottest month on record, but crops are grown locally where conditions can vary tremendously. The heat in France has adversely impacted the corn crop but that has not been the case in the U.S. Midwest. France is about the size of four U.S. Midwest states and while there have been many warm days in corn and soy...

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