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Grains, Soy Called to Open Lower as Rains Aid Global Crops

March 01, 2012

What follows are opening calls for U.S. grain and oilseed markets.

-- Wheat futures may open 4 cents to 5 cents a bushel lower on the Chicago Board of Trade, the Kansas City Board of Trade and the Minneapolis Grain Exchange on speculation that rains next week will aid winter crops in the southern U.S. Great Plains after snow boosted soil moisture this week across the northern spring-wheat belt, Greg Grow, the director of agribusiness for Archer Financial Services Inc. in Chicago, said in a telephone interview.

-- Corn futures are called to open 2 cents to 4 cents a bushel lower in Chicago as rains from South Dakota to Ohio will begin to replenish depleted soil moisture ahead of spring planting next month, Grow said.

-- Soybean futures may open 4 cents to 6 cents a bushel lower on the CBOT as rain in the past week and more forecast during the next seven days will improve yield potential of crops in South America, slowing demand for U.S. supplies, Grow said. Soybean- oil futures are expected to open 0.05 cent to 0.15 cent a pound lower, and soybean-meal futures may open 50 cents to $1.50 lower per 2,000 pounds.

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MARKETS (AS OF 9:30 A.M. NEW YORK TIME):
                              Last      %Chg
Corn                         $6.5475    -0.5
CBOT Wheat                   $6.6375    -0.6
Soybeans                     $13.1525   -0.4
Soybean Oil                  $0.5439    -0.1
Soybean Meal                 $351.60    -0.4
WTI Crude Oil                $107.59     0.5
N.Y. Gasoline                $3.2763     0.6
U.S. Dollar Index            78.806      0.1
S&P 500                      1,368       0.2

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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