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Straws in the Wind

With the Christmas and New Year holidays looming, this is the last full week for trading of grain and soy futures markets in 2018. Following early closures on 24 December and 31 December, they will then be closed on 25 December and 1 January. The holiday mood seems to have settled into the markets already, at least as measured by trading volumes. We grant that they have had very little to trade on since the Chinese soybean purchase announcements. However, there are still several items or straws in the wind floating around with the potential to affect market values. As long that situation continues, market participants dare not become too complacent during this holiday season. South American Weather – South American crop production ha...

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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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