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Weather forecasts run yesterday afternoon and evening continue to show a drying trend across the Corn Belt, which led futures lower overnight. The worst of the planting-delaying weather seems to be over, and fresh forecasts are broadly encouraging. Overnight pressure also came from news that hog producers in the Southeast U.S. are importing South American corn as FOB NOLA prices now exceed FOB Paranagua, Brazil offers by $13/MT for June delivery. The day’s trend at the CBOT was lower as the weather should allow fieldwork to pick up significantly. Rumors have been circulating that farmers have made good planting progress so far this week and should continue to do so into the weekend. If farmers can get a crop into the ground, the mark...

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