The total production volume for grain and oilseeds is highly dependent on factors such as weather, crop production cycles, and shift in global demand. Grain and Oilseed futures contracts are often used as price risk management and price discovery tools.
Canola Futures - Canola is currently considered an American cash crop, and although the U.S. is a net consumer of canola oil, major customers include Japan, Mexico, and China.
Corn Futures - Corn is undoubtedly the most-grown crop in the U.S. today. The U.S. grows corn on such an enormous scale (333 million tonnes) that we produce almost three times more tonnes than the next leading country, China.
Oat Futures - The U.S. grows large quantities of oats and therefore continuously ranks in the top ten oats producers compiled by the Food and Agriculture Organization.
Rough Rice Futures - Rice is the staple food for the world's two largest populations and fastest growing economies: India and China. Because it is such a necessity for literally billions of people, many traders and speculators find rough rice an attractive commodity to invest in.
Soybean Futures - Soybeans were largely considered exclusively as an industrial product before the 1920's, but it has become one of the most active and popular markets to trade, and dominant oilseed in the U.S.
Soybean Meal Futures - Soybean meal has become a staple in livestock and poultry diets and is the world's choice for protein supplement due to its high protein levels, amino acid balance, and overall nutrient content.
Soybean Oil Futures - Soybean oil is actually common in everything from paints to insect repellents. On average, around 30-33 million tons of soybean oil is produced annually worldwide.
Wheat Futures - Wheat was the first crop to be cultivated on a grand scale and stored long-term, enabling the start of city-based societies and the dawning of civilization.