Futures contracts of maize on the NCDEX ended lower due to profit booking after rising in the last two sessions. On the NCDEX, October delivery maize contract ended 6 rupees lower at 1,388 rupees per 100 kg. Bulk demand from starch and poultry industry has reduced in spot markets due to less availability of good quality stocks. Fresh crop arrival has commenced in some parts of Karnataka, a leading grower of the coarse grain in the kharif season, but the moisture content is too high at present. The new crop has moisture content of 28-30%, while the desirable level is only 14-15%. Both the quantity and quality of the fresh crop arrivals are expected to improve from the next month, when harvest peaks.