WHAT are corn futures?

A futures contract that allows market participants the opportunity to profit on or hedge against the price movements of the worlds most widely grown crop.

WHY would you want to trade corn?

  1. It is one of the most actively traded commodity contracts and is a very liquid contract.
  2. The U.S. is the leading corn producer and exporter and offers trading opportunities. 
  3. Corn prices are inversely related to the US dollar giving the traders to hedge against the dollar.

HOW do you trade corn futures?

All market participants trading ZC monitor reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, or USDA.  The yearly highlight is the March issuance of the USDA’s Prospective Plantings Report, which details the quantity and type of crop U.S. farmers intend to plant.

Investors supplement this data with information from the quarterly Grain Stocks Report and the monthly Crop Production Report. Since the U.S. is the largest corn exporter, traders also consult the weekly export report for information about global demand.

These statistics are paired with historical data and weather projections to plan a trading strategy. 

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Corn ZCE

Last Trade as of CST. 10 Minutes Delayed Quote. Powered by CQG
Contract Month
H, K, N, U, Z ( Mar, May, Jul, Sep, Dec )
Trading Hours
7:00pm – 7:45am (Sun–Fri) CT and 8:30am - 1:20pm (Mon-Fri) CT
Contract Size
5000 bushels (~127 metric tons)
Trading Venue
CME offers electronic trading almost 24/6
Minimum Tick
¼ of one cent
Product Symbol
Dollar Value of One Tick
$12.50 per contract
Options Available
Quarterly, Serial, Weekly
Notional Value
Product Name
Options Expirations
Weekly and Quarterly
Options Symbol
Weekly - ZC1-ZC5 Quarterly - OZC
Trading Venue
Trading Hours
7:00pm – 7:45am (Sun–Fri) CT and 8:30am - 1:20pm (Mon-Fri) CT
Type Of Expiration
Minimum Tick Size
1/8 of one cent per bushel ($6.25 per contract)




1/18/2018 8:44:00 AM CT

Corn trades above 50 day moving average

1/18/2018 8:37:00 AM CT

Wheat up 1%

1/17/2018 7:00:00 PM CT

Corn trades above 20 day moving average

1/16/2018 8:30:00 AM CT

Wheat down 1%

1/12/2018 1:03:00 PM CT

Soybeans up 1%

1/12/2018 11:11:00 AM CT

Wheat down 3%

1/12/2018 11:02:00 AM CT

Wheat down 2%

1/12/2018 11:00:00 AM CT

Wheat down 1%

1/12/2018 11:00:00 AM CT

Wheat trades below 20 day moving average

1/11/2018 8:37:00 AM CT

Wheat down 1%

Source: Redsky Markets


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First Notice
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First Delivery
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Last Trade

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