Corn futures ended lower Tuesday. Prices were supported by soybeans and the recovery in crude oil and the stock market, but the stronger dollar kept futures close to unchanged. Rains in the Midwest delaying fieldwork added support. News that Thailand may release some corn stocks back into the market weighed on prices. May was 1 3/4 cents lower at $3.93 3/4 and December was 2 cents lower at $4.25 1/4.

Soybean futures closed mostly higher Tuesday. The seven-day farmer strike in Argentina is favorable for U.S. markets, as it shifts export business to the U.S., which swelled total exports considerably last year. Wet weather in Brazil slowing harvest is also favorable. The increase in the value of the dollar added pressure. May futures were 11 1/2 cents higher at $9.67 and November was 1 cent higher at $8.96 1/2.

Wheat futures finished lower Tuesday. The market succumbed to pressure from large stocks and favorable rains in the U.S. HRW wheat region. Also bearish was the stronger dollar, making U.S. wheat less competitive on the world market. The bounce back in the stock market helped limit losses, as well as talk that Saudi Arabia is looking to buy 500,000 tonnes of wheat. CBOT May was 14 1/4 cents lower at $5.35, KCBT May was 16 1/4 cents lower at $5.87 3/4 and MGE May was 10 1/4 cents lower at $6.29.

Cattle futures settled lower Tuesday. Profit-taking dragged futures lower for much of the session, but a late rally pared losses as crude oil and the stock market recovered. Further gains in beef prices helped futures. Packers are in the red, and there is little buying interest at the feedlot's current asking price of $86. April finished 50 cents lower at $85.45 and June was 25 cents lower at $83.38.

Lean hog futures ended higher Tuesday as they recovered from Monday's sharp losses. Cash hogs were steady, and are expected to improve seasonally as the Easter holiday approaches and supplies tighten. The market was also supported by pre-report estimates for total hog numbers to be down 1.5 percent from last year in the Quarterly Hogs and Pigs Report. April is 50 cents higher at $61.15 and June is 18 cents higher at $72.80.