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UPDATE 1-Monsanto misses profit estimates as corn disappoints

(Adds details on corn business, analyst estimates, merger background)

April 5 (Reuters) - Monsanto Co, which is being acquired by Germany's Bayer AG, missed analysts' quarterly profit estimate on Thursday on lower volumes and prices for corn.

Sales in the company's corn seeds and traits business dropped 6.2 percent to $2.72 billion during the second quarter ended Feb. 28.

The lower sales is a result of continued belt-tightening by farmers amid slumping commodity prices and a global oversupply of grain following years of bumper harvests.

Soybean business sales rose 6 percent to $912 million, the U.S. seeds and agrochemicals company said.

In March, Bayer won EU antitrust approval for its $62.5 billion bid to acquire Monsanto.

Net profit attributable to Monsanto rose to $1.46 billion, or $3.27 per share, from $1.37 billion, or $3.09 per share, a year earlier.

On an adjusted basis, the St. Louis, Missouri-based company earned $3.22 per share, missing the average analyst estimate by 8 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Net sales fell to $5.02 billion from $5.07 billion. (Reporting by Ahmed Farhatha and P.J. Huffstutter in Chicago; Editing by Bernard Orr and Sriraj Kalluvila)