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Happy Mother’s Day. A mostly steady open is expected for the grains as more active planting progress over the weekend is weighed against technical bullishness following from a strong close on Friday. In the Headlines Corn futures finished higher for a third week in a row with the July contract up 9 1/2 cents over the last five sessions. July beans managed to hold onto gains of 4 cents for the week. July Chicago wheat futures rallied 41 cents last week and KC July was up 23. June live cattle finished last week lower by 52 cents while May feeders dropped $4.50. June lean hogs were down 57 cents. The largest solar storm in more than 20 years occurred over the weekend. The geomagnetic flaring provided a widespread display of the Northern Lights while it also disrupted satellites, some of which farmers were trying to rely on for GPS guidance while planting. The government’s Space Weather Prediction Center noted that “the source [of the storm] has mostly been a large, complex sunspot cluster that is 17 times the diameter of the Earth.” The initial new-crop estimates were reported on Friday and now the market will reflect changes in opinions about…

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