Corn futures are trading higher at midday. Technical buying continues to support prices along with some ideas of planting delays the next couple of days in the Corn Belt. However, planting progress has been strong and delays are expected to be minor. May is 1 1/4 cents higher at $2.10 3/4.



Soybean futures are higher at midsession on follow-through technical buying. Fund buying and firm cash basis levels are driving prices higher despite generally bearish fundamentals. Stock levels are large and demand for U.S. soybeans is fading. May is 7 cents higher at $6.38.



Wheat futures are higher as the technical buying spree in the crop markets continues today. The market was oversold and due for a bounce. Winter wheat crop conditions remain strong although dry conditions in the southern Plains could become a problem. CBOT May is 5 1/4 cents higher at $3.13 1/4, KCBT May is 7 3/4 cents higher at $3.28 1/2 and MGE May is 6 3/4 cents higher at $3.29.



Cattle futures are trading higher this morning. Ideas of firm cash trade and strengthening boxed beef prices are supporting futures. Gains are being limited by ideas of increasing supplies of slaughter ready cattle over the next few weeks. April is 70 cents higher at $91.25 and June is 48 cents higher at $85.88.



Lean hog futures are mixed at midday. After opening higher the market drifted as technical resistance held, prompting a round of profit-taking that pushed some contracts lower. May is 10 cents lower at $75.05 and June is 23 cents higher at $77.90.