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Planting talks undercut corn futures on Monday

Planting talk seemed to undercut corn futures Monday. Surging equity markets, news of Chinese economic stimulus and the USDA Export Inspections result all appeared supportive of corn futures. However, prices declined rather significantly modestly Monday, which seemingly reflected a reaction to ideas that plantings surged in the southern Corn Belt last week. May corn futures closed down 1.75 cents at $3.78/bushel Monday, while December sagged 2.0 to $4.0125.

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Wheat markets mixed in midday trading on Monday

Planting talk seems to be undercutting corn futures. Surging equity markets, news of Chinese economic stimulus and the USDA Export Inspections result all might be construed as supportive of corn futures. However, prices declined rather significantly this morning, which seemingly reflects a reaction to ideas that plantings surged in the southern Corn Belt last week. May corn futures sank 2.0 cents to $3.7775/bushel late Monday morning, while December sagged 2.25 to $4.01.

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Soy complex softens as weekend nears

Rainy weather may have affected corn futures. The corn market seemingly had few reasons to rally Friday, especially with the stock market diving and the U.S. dollar rebounding. The yellow grain may simply have reacted to firm soy and wheat quotes, but one also has to wonder if the early strength reflected ongoing planting delays and forecasts for wet, cool weather into early May. May corn futures rose 3.5 cents to $3.7975/bushel in late Friday action, while December added 3.0 to $4.0325.

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Rainy weather affecting corn futures Friday at midday

Rainy weather may be starting to affect corn futures. The corn market seemingly had few reasons to rally this morning, especially with the stock market diving and the U.S. dollar rebounding. The yellow grain may simply be reacting to firm soy and wheat quotes, but one also has to wonder if today’s early strength reflects ongoing planting delays and forecasts for wet, cool weather into early May. May corn futures gained 2.75 cents to $3.79/bushel late Friday morning, while December added 2.0 to $4.0225.

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Soy complex narrowly mixed on Thursday

Fed statements sank the dollar and supported markets Thursday afternoon. Talk of improved spring weather weighed on the crop markets this morning, but general market pessimism also played a role in undercutting corn futures. Today’s USDA Export Sales report looked quite supportive of yellow grain values, but prices reacted little. However, a Fed bank president discussed the U.S. economy today, with statements about inflation and interest rate hikes apparently depressing the dollar and boosting markets. Corn futures ended the day mixed to higher.

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