March 25 (Bloomberg) -- Corn and soybeans fell for a second session in Chicago on signs feed use in the U.S. may slow just as the nation’s farmers prepare to boost plantings.
Feedlots in the U.S. placed 1.48 million young animals in February, down from 1.71 million a year earlier and the fewest for that month since the U.S. government began tracking the data in 1996, Department of Agriculture data showed March 22. U.S. farmers may sow the largest area of soybeans ever and plant the most corn since 1936, according to a Bloomberg survey.
"With normal seasonal conditions, the large area will support a record corn crop and a sharp increase in inventories in the year ahead," Luke Mathews, a commodity strategist at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, wrote in a report today. The drop in cattle placements in feedlots suggest lower feed demand in months ahead, he said.
Corn for delivery in May fell as much as 0.6 percent to $7.2225 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade, adding to a drop of 0.9 percent on March 22, and was at $7.24 a bushel by 5:24 a.m. local time. Soybeans for delivery in the same month fell 0.7 percent to $14.3075 a bushel on volume 47 percent below the 100-day average for that time of day.
Soybeans may be planted in the U.S. on a 78.35 million acres (31.71 million hectares) and corn seeding may reach 97.3 million acres, according to Bloomberg’s survey. The U.S. government acreage report is due March 28.
Wheat for May delivery slipped 0.2 percent in Chicago to $7.285 a bushel in Chicago. Milling wheat traded on NYSE Liffe in Paris for delivery the same month advanced 0.2 percent to 241.75 euros ($314.32) a metric ton.
--With assistance from Elizabeth Campbell in Chicago and Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris. Editors: Sharon Lindores, John Deane
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