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Note: the CBOT and CME markets will be closed on Monday, 25 May and WPI’s offices will be similarly shutdown.  The CBOT finished the week with slow, low-volume trade as traders are unwilling to absorb additional risk heading into the three-day weekend. Brokers estimate that funds sold some 4,500 contracts of wheat, 5,000 contracts of corn, and 1,200 contracts of soybeans. The lack of interest in carrying a large position into the weekend was evident in corn as that market sold off early under pressure from funds but closed near the opening value.  The U.S. 7-day weather forecast remains favorable for planting and crop growth with above-average temperatures across nearly every region but the Southern Plains. Precipitation w...

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