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The CBOT Soybeans Contract is the global benchmark for the pricing of soybeans. Soybeans are one of the most active and popular commodities to trade. The size of the soybeans contract translates into a relatively small underlying value per contract, making it attractive for hedgers and speculators alike, providing easy market access for global participants small and large.

Soybeans were first cultivated in China thousands of years ago. In 1879 a few farmers in North Carolina began to plant them as forage for their livestock. By the turn of the century, the United States Department of Agriculture was conducting tests on soybeans and encouraging farmers to cultivate them as animal feed.

In the 1940's soybean farming really took off in the United States. After World War II destroyed the soybean fields in China, the United States became the world’s largest producer and exporter.

A large set of commercial market participants, including farmers, elevator operators, feed lots, exporters and a diverse set of institutional participants underscores the importance of soybeans futures and options markets ensuring highly efficient pricing and continuous liquidity.

Grain and Soybean Futures and Options

Click on the link above to download a very informative .pdf brochure entitled "Grain and Soybean Futures and Options". It was published by the Chicago Board of Trade. This is a must read guide for any speculator or hedger considering an trade in the corn futures or corn options.

Click here to contact a licensed commodities broker with experience in the soybeans market to discuss market opportunities and trade recommendations.

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