Corn Extends Slump; Grain Price at Four-Year Low

NEW YORK (AP) -

The price of corn dropped again on Tuesday, as a mix of sunshine, rain and moderate temperatures increased the likelihood of a record crop this year.

Corn for delivery in September dropped 3.75 cents, or 1 percent, to $3.68 a bushel on Tuesday.

The price of corn has slumped 30 percent since the end of April, as the favorable weather has boosted the outlook for this year’s crop. The US Department of Agriculture predicts that this year’s crop, forecast to yield 13.9 million bushels, will come close to matching last year’s record.

“The weather conditions are beyond good,” said Sterling Smith, a commodities analyst at Citigroup. “We’ve had quite possibly the best weather conditions that we’ve seen in 30 years.”

Wheat and soybean prices also fell.

The price of wheat for September fell 5.5 cents, or 1 percent, to $5.25 a bushel. Soybeans for the same month dropped 13.75 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $10.58 a bushel.

In metals trading, gold, platinum and palladium edged lower.

Gold fell $7.60, or 0.6 percent, to $1,306.30 an ounce. Platinum for October delivery dropped $5.10, or 0.3 percent, to $1,488.30 an ounce. Palladium for September declined $2.30, or 0.3 percent, to $874.85 an ounce.

Silver was little changed at $21 an ounce, and copper edged up 1 cent to $3.21 a pound.