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Corn futures are mostly 4 cents higher at midday, just about erasing losses from Monday. Last night, USDA reported corn crop conditions improved slightly overall. The Brugler500 Index was 377, gaining one point from last week. Corn silking is at 90%, one point ahead of the 5yr avg. However corn in the dough stage was 29% as of Sunday night, two points behind its 5yr avg for this week in the 18 states USDA is tracking. Colorado, Texas, and Wisconsin condition ratings dropped the most on a state by state basis, down 4, 5 and 6 points respectively. Several states improved by 2 points, including Minnesota, Missouri and Nebraska. A firm called Ag Resource projects the 2015 corn production at 13.463 bbu (USDA: 13.530 bbu) with an average yield of 166 bpa (USDA: 166.8). This was well above the Doane estimate of 163.3 bpa.