South American Short-Dated New Crop Soybean Options

The Short-Dated Options on the deferred (New Crop) months are early expiring options that reference the May Soybean Futures contract.


  • Cost-effective: lower premiums due to less time value
  • Facilitate hedging early in the planting and growing season
  • Useful for hedging or trading around key agricultural reports, including South American local reports and USDA reports
  • Specifically hedges South American new crop exposure over a short time frame
  • Precise hedging tool tied to new crop price exposure


  • Underlying: May futures contract
  • Five option contract months: July, September, November, January, and March
  • Listing cycle: On the first trading day following standard May option expiration, list the 5 option months referencing the next May futures
  • Option contract months listed for launch on November 2nd: January 2016 and March 2016, referencing May 2016 futures

Product Codes

CME Globex Open Outcry Bloomberg Reuters CQG Propht X

U.S. Version – a Success

  • More than 5.74 million contracts have traded since launched in 2012
  • Over 28,000 contracts traded per day from May-July in 2015
  • Open interest record: 481,399 contracts on 7/13/15
  • Single day volume record: 116,579 contracts traded on 6/26/15

Contract Specifications

Contract Value One CBOT May Soybean futures contract of 5,000 bushels
Minimum Price Fluctuation 1/8 of one cent per bushel ($6.25 per contract)
Trading and Clearing Hours CME Globex Sunday – Friday, 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 a.m. CT and Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. CT
Open Outcry Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. CT with Post session until 1:20 p.m. CT immediately following the close
CME ClearPort Sunday – riday, 5:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. CT with a 45-minute break each day beginning at 4:15 p.m. CT
Product Code CME Globex: SRS CME ClearPort: SRS Open Outcry: SRS Clearing: SRS
Listed Contracts On the first trading day following the expiration of standard May option, the following 5 contract months will be listed: July (N), September (U), November (X), next January (F), and next March (H). Each of these options will exercise into the May futures contract that is nearest to the expiration of the option. A new listing cycle will begin on the first trading day following the expiration of the next standard May option.
Termination Of Trading Unexercised Soybean futures options shall expire at 7:00 p.m. on the last day of trading.
Exchange Rulebook CBOT 11A
Strike Price Interval Trading shall be conducted for put and call options with strike prices in integral multiples of ten (10) cents per bushel. More details on strike price intervals are outlined in Rule 11A01.E.
Exercise Style The buyer of a futures option may exercise the option on any business day prior to expiration by giving notice to the Clearing House by 6:00 p.m. Chicago time. Option exercise results in an underlying futures market position. Options in-the-money on the last day of trading are automatically exercised.
First Listed Months January 2016 and March 2016
Settlement Method Deliverable
Underlying CBOT Soybean Futures

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