Corn futures ended mostly lower on Tuesday. Lighter-than-expected deliveries against the March contract offered light support to that contract, but deferreds were fractionally lower on concern that the spread of bird flu will hurt feed demand. Mar ended 1/2 of a cent higher at $2.28 and May was 1/4 of a cent lower at $2.38 3/4.

Soybean futures ended slightly higher on Tuesday as the market is searching for direction. Fundamentals remain bearish, but there has been enough buying interest to hold futures above technical support. March ended 3/4 of a cent higher at $5.80 1/4 and May was 1 cent higher at $5.94.

Wheat futures closed mostly lower on Tuesday. The market ran into a late round of heavy profit taking to post a lower close after trading solidly higher through late morning. Heavy deliveries against the March futures contributed to the late selling pressure. CBOT Mar was 3 cents lower at $3.70 1/4. KCBT Mar was down 1 1/2 cents at $4.39. MGE Mar was 5 1/2 cents higher at $4.24 1/2.

Cattle futures closed higher on Tuesday. Seasonally tight fed cattle supplies are lending support to help offset the bearish impact of last Friday's Cattle on Feed report. There were also reports of dead flamingos in the Bahamas, sparking ideas that bird flu in North America could boost beef demand. April ended 42 points higher at $87.22. June gained 35 points to close at $82.62. March feeder cattle were up 82 points at $106.87.

Lean hog futures closed lower on Tuesday, led by the nearby contract. Weakness in the cash market prompted long liquidation and technical selling today. Large supplies of pork continue to be a weight on the futures market. April closed 65 cents lower at $61.48 and June was 13 cents lower at $69.95.