KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI, U.S. — The Kansas City Board of Trade (KCBT) announced on Oct. 3 that its active trading volume during the month of September has put the exchange on track to break annual volume records within the next month.

Trading volume continues to post large gains over 2010 trading volume, a year in which new annual volume records were set for the exchange as a whole and the Hard Red Winter Wheat futures contract. Total exchange trading volume is running 31.5% ahead of last year at this time, with HRW wheat futures volume running 28.9% ahead and wheat options volume running 153.4% ahead.

Trading volume is only 223,060 contracts shy of the 2010 exchange annual volume record and 289,094 contracts shy of the 2010 Hard Red Winter wheat contract annual volume record.

A total of 418,435 HRW wheat futures contracts were traded in September, second only in that calendar month to the September 2010 volume of 453,084 contracts.

Exchange volume for September of 440,459 contracts was second only in that calendar month to September 2010 volume of 470,522 contracts.

Wheat options volume of 22,024 contracts was a gain of 50.8% over last month's volume and 26.3% over last September.