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The markets are in the sweet spot where buyers and sellers are in agreement, and thus both bulls and bears can be dissatisfied by the stability of prices. The Pro Farmer tour wraps up today and reports its results tomorrow, but even its news has a bland taste. It has found areas of concern in the east, especially with soybean pods, but hasn’t revealed any disasters. Some of the corn looks fantastic. At this juncture, there is little to change the dynamic. With immature crops, it all gets down to growing degree days (see weather below). The crop conditions report this coming Monday might be interesting for its direction (if any). Trade is presenting frustrations as corn cannot sell due to its higher price, while U.S. soybeans are rel...

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Summary of Futures

Dec 20 Corn closed at $3.785/bushel, up $0.0325 from yesterday's close.  Dec 20 Wheat closed at $5.75/bushel, up $0.1875 from yesterday's close.  Nov 20 Soybeans closed at $10.435/bushel, up $0.15 from yesterday's close.  Dec 20 Soymeal closed at $342.1/short ton, up $6.8 from ye...

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