Corn futures are called 4 to 6 cents higher. Overnight trade was 3 1/4 to 6 cents higher. The market will be supported by weather forecasts for next week turning a little wetter, firm outside markets and possibly weekly export sales. Planting progress is expected to remain below normal, especially in the eastern half of the Corn Belt. Dow Jones futures and crude oil were higher overnight. Weekly export sales will be released this morning and the trade expects another week of strong sales.



Soybean futures are called 9 to 11 cents higher. Overnight trade was 8 1/2 to 11 1/2 cents higher. The market is called higher as old-crop fundamentals remain bullish and on ideas that the weekly export sales report will show strong sales again this morning. Non-commercial buying and technical momentum are expected to push prices higher again this morning with firm outside markets providing spillover support.



Wheat futures are called 4 to 6 cents higher. Overnight CBOT trade was 5 to 7 1/2 cents higher and the KCBT was 3 to 3 3/4 cents higher. Spillover support from corn and soybeans and firm outside markets will help support wheat futures this morning. Spring wheat planting delays and concern about damage to the HRW crop in the southern Plains from the early April frost remain bullish factors. However, gains will be limited by reports from the Wheat Quality Council's tour of Kansas wheat that shows good yield potential. The weekly export sales report could also be bearish if shipments fall below the 20 million bushel pace needed to reach USDA's export forecast.



Cattle futures are called steady to mixed. The rebound in lean hog futures will provide some spillover support, but cash fundamentals for cattle remain bearish. Boxed beef prices continue to decline and larger showlists this week will likely weigh on cash trade. Strength in the stock market and corn will be supportive factors for deferred contracts.



Lean hog futures are called higher. Continued short-covering is expected following the recent collapse that was brought on by the H1N1 flu outbreak. Flu concerns seem to be easing and officials are pushing for restrictions on U.S. pork imports to be lifted. Pork cutouts were able to rally 93 cents on Wednesday and cash markets stabilized with some markets moving higher.