Agrimoney.com  May 27  Comment 
A strong take-up at Chinese corn auctions helped Chicago prices, while sugar futures hit a 22-month high
Agrimoney.com  May 17  Comment 
Corn futures ease, despite data showing farmers in four US states 2.7m acres behind in plantings. Hard wheat fares better, as heavy US rains approach
Agrimoney.com  May 4  Comment 
Sugar futures surge on Indian dryness damage, while soymeal is the standout in grains once again
Agrimoney.com  Apr 29  Comment 
Sugar futures extend their losses after last session's bearish data, while rallies in wheat and soybeans stall
Agrimoney.com  Apr 20  Comment 
Soybean futures hit a fresh eight-month high in early deals... corn futures a four-month top... wheat takes gains this week above 6%. Palm gains most
Agrimoney.com  Mar 31  Comment 
US farmers will lift corn area by far more than investors had expected - at the expense of spring wheat, sowings of which will hit a 44-year low
Clusterstock  Mar 31  Comment 
Corn futures plunged on Thursday after the US Department of Agriculture's estimates of how much of the grain would be farmed beat expectations.  The USDA said farmers are planning to increase their corn seedlings by 6.4% to 93.6 million acres,...
Agrimoney.com  Mar 31  Comment 
US farmers will lift corn area by far more than investors had expected - at the expense of spring wheat, sowings of which will hit a 44-year low
Agrimoney.com  Mar 29  Comment 
The Chinese government corn stockpiling programme will be wound up, in a move that could undermine the country's massive sorghum and DDG imports
Agrimoney.com  Feb 10  Comment 
Rains in Argentina are pressuring soybean prices, but wheat futures pared last session's losses


Corn futures are traded on the Chicago Board of Trade under ticker symbol C in cents per bushel. For electronic trading sessions, the symbol ZC is used.[1]

The chart at left shows front-month corn prices on the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) in U.S. cents per bushel.

Delivery Dates

Corn futures are delivered every year in March, May, July, September, & December.[1]

The following is a table with corn futures delivery dates and resultant tickers for 2011. For an explanation on commodity tickers see commodity ticker construction.

Delivery Month Full Ticker Symbol Thomson-Reuters Symbol
March, 2011CH11C/H11-CB
May, 2011CK11C/K11-CB
July, 2011CN11C/N11-CB
September, 2011CU11C/U11-CB
December, 2011CZ11C/Z11-CB

Contract Specifications

Contract Size

One Corn futures contract on the Chicago Board of Trade is 5,000 bushels.[1]

Daily Price Limit

$0.40 per bushel expandable to $0.60 when the market closes at limit bid or limit offer. There shall be no price limits on the current month contract on or after the second business day preceding the first day of the delivery month.[1]

Trading Hours

Corn futures contracts trade on the CBOT floor through open outcry (pit sessions) Monday through Friday, 10:30 AM to 3:00 PM, US Eastern Time.

Corn futures contracts trade electronically through the CME Globex electronic trading platform from 6:00 PM to 3:00 PM Sunday through Friday, US Eastern Time.

Last Trading Day

Trading of Corn futures contracts on the Chicago Board of Trade ends on the business day prior to the 15th calendar day of the contract month.[1]

Deliverable Grades

Deliverable Corn grades for futures contracts on the Chicago Board of Trade are: #2 Yellow at contract Price, #1 Yellow at a 1.5 cent/bushel premium #3 Yellow at a 1.5 cent/bushel discount.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Chicago Board of Trade's contract specification for Corn futures
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