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Independence Day is upon us once again and the market will be closed on Thursday to celebrate the birth of our nation. The 4th of July break coincides with a great deal of transition as the holiday kicks off the second half of the calendar year and the first full month of the summer growing season. It is the time of the year that normally provides some relief for farmers who see crops emerged and developing following the earlier worries about planting progress and spring weather conditions; however, this year already seems exceptional for the crop issues that are lingering into summer.   It is helpful to read the comments on crop condition rating maps posted to our social media, which supplement our direct conversations with clients about their personal judgements of crop health. All of the various input from farmers serves as a reminder of how unique the individual situation can be, both for local conditions and grain marketing plans. The current extreme variability of regional weather records fits with farmers and other industry participants being drastically diverse in their opinions, seemingly to a much large degree than in the average year. One of the key takeaways may be…

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