Grain and oil seeds

Corn Future

Corn sells around 790 million tons a year. It is used as a food stuff, it is processed for its starch and even used in the production of ethanol. The most important types of corn are high-grade number 2 and number 3 yellow corn. The CME Globex ZC contract is the most easily accessIble. It is traded in a contract size of 5,000 bushels.

Why invest in Agricultural Commodities

Agricultural commodities can be extremely volatile. They also represent major food requirements for a growing global market and population. Because of the seasonal and local factors involved in these types of investments, focusing on them can be very rewarding. 

Feed Wheat Future

Traded on the CME and Liffe Euronext exchanges, wheat is the primary ingredient in staple foods like bread and pasta. Its price can be affected by crop failure, in the USA this has happened due to extreme weather conditions. Supply has also been affected by farmers moving to other crops.

Wheat is measured in bushels containing 60 pounds of wheat. It is traded in a contract size is 5,000 bushels.

Soybean future

Soybean or soyabean are used as a source of vegetable oil used in cooking as well as a food stuff for human consumption. In Japan soy is often consumed under the name of edamame. The primary market for soybeans is as an animal feed. The main producers of soybeans are Brazil and the United States giving over almost 30% its agricultural land to soybean production every year.

The contract size is measured in units of 50,000 kilograms. 

Azuki futures

Azuki beans are traded on the the Japanese TOCOM exchange.

Azuki bean futures contract months are January February March April May June July August September October November and December.

Grain and oil seeds staple foods

Traders in these commodities study the seasons and conditions in which they are produced so as to help them predict current (as well as future) supply and demand.

Grain and oil seeds include:

Corn 
Wheat 
Azuki
Soy beans

Grain and seed prices can affect:

Consumer retailers

Agricultural industries

Food manufacturers

Grain and oil seed prices can be found on BMF, ELCM, TOCOM and TOCOMN exchanges.

Euronext LIFFE - Commodities

Wheat ELCM

TOCOM - Tokyo Commodities Exchange

Azuki (day) TOCOM
Azuki (night) TOCOMN

Corn (day) TOCOM
Corn (night) TOCOMN

Soy Beans (day) TOCOM
Soy Beans (night) TOCOMN

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