Hello, I will be starting next month as a beginning futures trader at a prop firm. I get to select which products I want to trade as well as the strategies. In my paper trading I have been most successful and interested in the grain contracts (corn,wheat, beans). I am thinking of focusing in these contracts as well as one other group. Some questions I have: I am concerned about the limited trading hours in the grains (9:30-1:15 CST). I feel like this could slow my learning curve. Any thoughts? Would it be smart to trade another group with different hours as a complement? For example, treasuries which start actively trading much earlier (7:00 AM i think)? I understand that spreading is very common with these products but that approach doesn't interest me as much, at least until I deep-dive into the fundamentals and research the strategies and factors sufficiently. Are pure directional plays in this area too volatile/unpredictable for a new trader? I currently use stops and scale out to try and capture a large part of these intra-day movements. Thanks in advance for your advice.