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Grains, Soy May Open Lower as Demand Slows, Supply Rises

October 04, 2011

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Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- What follows are opening calls for U.S. grain and oilseed markets.

-- Corn futures are called to open 10 cents to 12 cents a bushel lower on the Chicago Board of Trade as warm, dry weather this week accelerates harvesting of the U.S. crop, which may be larger than the government estimated in September, Don Roose, the president of U.S. Commodities Inc. in West Des Moines, Iowa, said in a telephone interview.

-- Wheat futures may open 8 cents to 10 cents a bushel lower on the CBOT, the Kansas City Board of Trade and the Minneapolis Grain Exchange on speculation that commodity demand will decline amid the European debt crisis and forecasts for rain to aid planting in the southern U.S. Great Plains, Roose said

-- Soybean futures may open 12 cents to 15 cents a bushel lower in Chicago as the harvest in the U.S. Midwest accelerates amid speculation that demand will fall with the slowing world economy, Roose said. Soybean-oil futures are expected to open down 0.4 cent to 0.5 cent a pound, and soybean-meal futures may open down $2.50 to $3.50 for 2,000 pounds of the animal feed.

WHAT TO WATCH: (ALL TIMES NEW YORK) *10 a.m. U.S. Factory Orders *10 a.m. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke testifies before Congress about U.S. economic outlook *3 p.m. U.S. Vegetable Production *4:30 p.m. API Energy Inventories

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Commodity Tender Announcements: NI TEN <GO>

--Editors: Daniel Enoch, Steve Stroth.

To contact the reporters on this story: Jeff Wilson in Chicago at jwilson29@bloomberg.net; Whitney McFerron in Chicago at wmcferron1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Steve Stroth at sstroth@bloomberg.net.


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