What follows are opening calls for U.S. grain and oilseed markets.
-- Corn futures are called to open 3 cents to 5 cents a bushel lower on the Chicago Board of Trade as rain in the next four days in parts of Brazil and Argentina aids crops after dry weather reduced soil moisture this month, Chad Henderson, a market analyst at Prime Agricultural Consultants Inc. in Brookfield, Wisconsin, said in a telephone interview.
-- Soybean futures may open 5 cents to 7 cents a bushel lower on speculation that rain may improve conditions for developing crops in South America, Henderson said. Soybean-oil futures are expected to open steady to 0.05 cent a pound lower, and soybean-meal futures may open $2 to $3 lower per 2,000 pounds.
-- Wheat futures may open 3 cents to 5 cents a bushel lower on the CBOT, the Kansas City Board of Trade and the Minneapolis Grain Exchange on speculation that rain and snow this week improved yield potential in the U.S. Great Plains after farmers planted crops in dry soils from September to November, Henderson said.
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