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Markets finished the Sunday night session with corn and soybeans down 3 cents, while wheat markets were mostly steady. They opened almost exactly at those levels this morning, but corn and soybeans were trading near unchanged in the first half hour before turning lower again as the session proceeded. Markets closed at 1:05 p.m. (EST) today for the Christmas holiday and will not reopen until 9:30 a.m. (EST) Wednesday morning. Today’s volume was less than half a normal trading day, and it is usually remains light into the New Year holiday. U.S. equity markets were also getting slammed again today. Crude oil was down more than $1.70/barrel, and the March contract dropped below $44. The U.S. dollar was also weaker. Most U.S. government...

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Mar 19 Corn closed at $3.8175/bushel, up $0.0175 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Wheat closed at $5.1775/bushel, up $0 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soybeans closed at $9.1675/bushel, up $0.09 from yesterday's close.  Mar 19 Soymeal closed at $315.1/short ton, up $2.9 from yest...

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