CHICAGO (Dow Jones) - Corn futures on the Chicago Board of Trade are expected to start Monday's day session on the defensive, pressured by seasonal weakness and bearish outside market influences.

Analysts expect corn to open 3 cents to 4 cents lower.

In overnight electronic trading, December corn was 4 cents lower at $3.14, and March corn was 4 cents lower at $3.27 1/2.

The absence of fresh supportive news has corn poised for lower price action, with a firmer U.S. dollar and favorable near-term weather weighing on the market.

"The corn market is setting up for a record harvest, as weather is presenting an opportunity for the crop to finish out the growing season," said Victor Lespinasse, analyst with Grainanalyst.com.

Seasonal price weakness has taken shape, with better-than-expected yields reported from early harvests and only routine export demand not providing a spark to ignite upside momentum.

The strength in the U.S. dollar in early action is casting a bearish theme across commodity markets, with sharp declines in crude oil adding to the lower tone in the market.

A technical analyst said December corn's next upside price objective is to push prices above solid technical resistance at last week's high of $3.47 3/4 a bushel. The next downside price objective is to push and close prices below major psychological support at $3.00 a bushel.

First resistance for December corn is seen at $3.25 and then at Friday's high of $3.29 1/4. First support is seen at last week's low of $3.15 1/4 and then at $3.10.

The DTN Meteorlogix weather forecast said crops in the U.S. Midwest region will continue to benefit from near to above normal temperatures for at least the next 5-7 days, probably longer. Wet weather early this week and again later may be unfavorable for maturing crops or any early harvests, especially in the west and south.

On tap for Monday, U.S. Department of Agriculture is scheduled to release its weekly export inspections report at 11 a.m. EDT and its weekly crop progress report at 4 p.m. EDT.


-By Andrew Johnson Jr., Dow Jones Newswires, (312) 347-4604 andrew.johnsonjr@dowjones.com