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WHEAT

- Apr 13 - South Korea's Nonghyup Feed Inc. (NOFI) seeks up to 115,000 MT of optional-origin feed wheat for arrival between June 28 and July 23

- Apr 13 - Japan bought 126,405 MT of food wheat for May-July shipments:

  • 13,910 MT of western white US wheat;
  • 19,190 MT of hard red winter US wheat;
  • 34,995 MT of dark northern spring US wheat;
  • 24,190 MT of Canadian western red spring wheat;
  • 34,120 MT of Australian standard white wheat

- Apr 12 - Argentina registered for export 50,000 MT of wheat and 4,222 MT of wheat flour

- Weekly US wheat export sales data for week ended Apr 6 totalled 546,900 MT, incl. 421,600 MT for 2016/17 (within trade expectations for 250-450 TMT) and 125,300 MT for 2017/18 (within trade expectations for 50-250 TMT). Export commitments for 2016/17 are running 41% ahead of year-ago

- Strategie Grains trimmed its forecast for the 2017 soft wheat harvest in the EU to 143.8 MMT from 143.9 MMT in Mar (135.8 MMT in 2016). Strategie Grains raised its estimate for EU 2016/17 soft wheat exports by 300,000 MT to 23.5 MMT as it factored in Turkish demand after Turkey halted imports of Russian wheat. For the upcoming 2017/18, it left its forecast for EU soft wheat exports little changed at 26.2 MMT

- EU in week ended April 7 awarded licenses to import 1,741 MT of Ukrainian wheat under an annual duty-free quota. The award meant that the EU had now awarded 86% (828,446 MT) out of a total volume of 960,000 MT available in 2017

- According to TAXUD, the EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 exported 18.819 MMT of soft wheat compared to 22.989 MMT a year ago. Top 5 export destinations in 2016/17 are Algeria (17.8%), Saudi Arabia (13.8%), Vietnam (7.7%), Egypt (5.9%) and Morocco (5.1%)

- Bulgaria's Ag Min said Bulgaria exported 1.572 MMT of wheat via port Varna between July 4-Apr 9, 2016/17, up 8.6% from a year-ago (1.447 MMT)

- Bulgaria's Jul-Jan 2016/17 wheat exports are estimated at 3.502 MMT, up 38.5% from year-ago

- Ukraine's Ag Min said Ukraine exported 35.03 MMT of grain between July 1-Apr 12, 2016/17, up 9.1% from 32.12 MMT for the same period last season, including:

  • wheat – 15.0 MMT (vs. 13.4 MMT a year ago);
  • corn – 14.9 MMT (14.4 MMT);
  • barley – 4.9 MMT (4.1 MMT)

- USDA attaché forecasts wheat production in Serbia at 2.43 MMT in 2017/18, down 19% from 3 MMT in 2016/17. Export of wheat in 2017/18 is expected at 1.05 MMT, down 30% from 1.5 MMT in 2016/17

- USDA attaché forecasts Turkey’s 2017/18 wheat production at 18 MMT, up 4.3% from 2016/17 (17.25 MMT). Post revised the import forecast to 4 MMT of wheat in marketing year 2016/17, less than USDA's official estimate of 4.5 MMT. For 2017/18, wheat imports into Turkey are forecast at 4.5 MMT due to ongoing demand for high quality wheat from flour and pasta exporters. For 2016/17, wheat exports (including wheat products, such as flour) from Turkey are revised at 6 MMT from 5.8 MMT, due to strong sales into neighboring countries in the first 8 months of the marketing year. For 2017/18, wheat exports from Turkey are forecast at 5 MMT, down 1 MMT from 2016/17, due to possible impacts of import issues from Russia. This is assuming they cannot import Russian wheat under the IPR during the upcoming 2017/18

- USDA attaché forecasts Nigeria’s 2017/18 wheat imports at 4.4 MMT, down 2% from 2016/17 (4.5 MMT)

CORN

- Apr 12 - Jordan bought 100,000 MT of optional-origin feed barley from GTCS at 179.9 $/mt c&f for 16-30 May (50 TMT) and 16-30 June (50 TMT) shipment

- Apr 12 - Argentina registered 190,000 MT of corn for export

- Apr 12 - Argentina registered for export 20,000 MT of malting barley and 15,000 MT of malt

- Weekly US corn export sales data for week ended Apr 6 of 788,000 MT, incl. 738,000 MT for 2016/17 (below the trade expectations for 800-1100 TMT) and 50,000 MT for 2017/18 (below trade estimates of 100-300 TMT). Export commitments for 2016/17 are running 46% ahead of year-ago

- Buenos Aires Grain Exchange maintains its forecast for Argentina's 2016/17 corn crop at 37 MMT, up 23.3% vs. 30 MMT in 2015/16. Harvesting of Argentine corn crop was 18.2% completed as of Apr 12 vs. last year’s pace of 18.8%

- Strategie Grains trimmed its forecast of total EU barley production in 2017 by 100,000 MT to 61.3 MMT, up 2% from last year (59.9 MMT in 2016)

- Strategie Grains trimmed its forecast for EU grain maize production in 2017 by 100,000 MT to 60.4 MMT, up 1% from last year (59.8 MMT in 2016)

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 imported 8.995 MMT of corn (maize) vs. 11.275 MMT a year ago. Top 5 import origins in 2016/17 are Ukraine (60.2%), Russia (9.6%), Brazil (9.5%), Canada (6.8%) and the US (5.6%)

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 exported 1.796 MMT of corn vs. 1.431 MMT a year ago. Top 5 export destinations in 2016/17 are Egypt (24.6%), Lebanon (11.1%), Libya (8.2%), Vietnam (8.2%) and Syria (7.8%)

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 exported 4.137 MMT of barley vs. 8.888 MMT a year ago. Top 5 export destinations in 2016/17 are Saudi Arabia (41.8%), Tunisia (9%), China (8%), Jordan (6.9%) and Algeria (6.5%)

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 exported 2.261 MMT of malt in barley equivalent vs. 2.607 MMT a year ago. Top 5 export destinations in 2016/17 are Japan (10.9%), Vietnam (9.9%), Nigeria (5.5%), Brazil (4.3%) and South Africa (3.6%)

- Bulgarian farmers have sown 79,968 ha of corn as of April 6 vs. 52,701 ha a year ago

- Bulgaria's Ag Min said Bulgaria exported 191,336 MT of corn via port Varna between Sept 1-Apr 9, 2016/17, down 58.8% from a year-ago (464,299 MT)

- Bulgaria's Sep-Jan 2016/17 corn exports are estimated at 723,100 MT, up 0.4% from year-ago

- Bulgaria's Jul-Jan 2016/17 barley exports are estimated at 259,600 MT, down 31.9% from year-ago

- USDA attaché forecasts corn production in Serbia at 7 MMT in 2017/18, down 7.9% from 7.6 MMT in 2016/17. Corn exports in 2017/18 are expected at 2.6 MMT, down 7.1% from 2.8 MMT in 2016/17

- USDA attaché in Turkey forecasts the country’s 2017 corn production to keep steady at 5.5 MMT. Post revised the import forecast to 1 MMT of corn in marketing year 2016/17, less than USDA's official estimate of 1.5 MMT. For 2017/18, corn imports into Turkey are forecast at 1.5 MMT due to insufficient domestic supply and moderate demand from the feed and starch sector

- US Ethanol production for the week ended Apr 7 fell by 33,000 barrels to 986,000 barrels per day, up 5.1% from last year's level of 938,000 bpd. Stocks fell by 802,000 barrels from the week prior to 22.903 million barrels, up 2.6% vs. 22.317 million barrels a year ago

SOYBEAN

- Apr 12 - Argentina registered for export 40,000 MT of soybeans, 36,514 MT of soybean oil and 95,000 MT of soymeal

- Weekly US soybean export sales data for week ended Apr 6 of 527,000 MT, incl. 402,300 MT for 2016/17 (just above low end of estimates of 400-600 TMT) and 124,700 MT for 2017/18 (below trade estimates of 150-350 TMT). Export commitments for 2016/17 are running 24% ahead of year-ago

- China imported 6.33 MMT of soybeans in March, the highest ever for this month. Shipments were up from 5.54 MMT in February and up 3.8% from March 2016. China bought 19.52 MMT of the oilseeds in the first quarter of 2017, up 20% from the same period last year

- China's imports of all vegetable oils in March was 450,000 MT, up 9.8% from 410,000 MT in February

- Buenos Aires Grain Exchange kept its Argentina's 2016/17 soybean harvest estimate at 56.5 MMT, up from 56 MMT in 2015/16. Harvesting of Argentine soybean crop was 7.8% completed as of Apr 12 vs. last year’s pace of 15%

- Buenos Aires Grain Exchange forecasts Argentine 2016/17 sunflower crop at 3.3 MMT, up 32% from 2015/16 crop (2.5 MMT). Harvesting of Argentine sunflower crop was 95.8% completed as of Apr 12 vs. last year’s pace of 100%

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 imported 10.377 MMT of soybeans vs. 10.831 MMT a year ago. Top 5 import origins in 2016/17 are the US (43.3%), Brazil (28.9%), Canada (9.5%), Paraguay (8%) and Ukraine (4%)

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 imported 13.82 MMT of soymeal vs. 15.998 MMT a year ago. Top 5 import origins in 2016/17 are Argentina (47.1%), Brazil (39%), Paraguay (7.2%), India (1.4%) and the US (1.1%)

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 imported 217,250 MT of soybean oil vs. 248,474 MT a year ago. Top 5 import origins in 2016/17 are Serbia (25.2%), Norway (24.2%), Ukraine (22.9%), Russia (14.8%) and Paraguay (9.6%)

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 imported 3.272 MMT of rapeseed vs. 2.83 MMT a year ago. Top import origins in 2016/17 are Australia (55%), Ukraine (26.1%) and Canada (16.9%)

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 imported 161,825 MT of rapeseed meal vs. 373,613 MT a year ago. Top 5 import origins in 2016/17 are Russia (49.4%), Ukraine (30.4%), Canada (6%), China (5%) and Serbia (4.8%)

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 imported 123,239 MT of rapeseed oil vs. 185,701 MT a year ago. Top 5 import origins in 2016/17 are Ukraine (52.3%), Russia (25.3%), Belarus (11%), Serbia (9.4%) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (1.6%)

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 imported 719,214 MT of sunflowerseed vs. 278,927 MT a year ago. Top 5 import origins in 2016/17 are Moldova (36.6%), Argentina (16.8%), Ukraine (16%), Serbia (9.3%) and Russia (7.9%)

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 imported 2.677 MMT of sunflower meal vs. 2.392 MMT a year ago. Top 5 import origins in 2016/17 are Ukraine (68.2%), Russia (14%), Argentina (13.7%), Serbia (1.7%) and China (0.7%)

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 imported 1.053 MMT of sunflower oil vs. 963,554 MT a year ago. Top import origins in 2016/17 are Ukraine (89.9%), Moldova (5%) and Serbia (3.5%)

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Apr 11, 2016/17 imported 4.436 MMT of palm oil vs. 5.312 MMT a year ago. Top 5 import origins in 2016/17 are Indonesia (50.3%), Malaysia (24.3%), Papua New Guinea (8.3%), Guatemala (6%) and Honduras (5.5%)

- Bulgarian farmers have sown 284,442 ha of sunflower as of April 6 vs. 193,040 ha a year ago

- Bulgaria's Ag Min said Bulgaria exported 128,618 MT of sunflower via port Varna between Sept 1-Apr 9, 2016/17, down 16.8% from a year-ago (154,517 MT)

- Bulgaria's Sep-Jan 2016/17 sunflower exports are estimated at 309,700 MT, down 6.3% from year-ago. While imports increased to 125,100 MT

- Bulgaria's Jul-Jan 2016/17 rapeseed exports are estimated at 489,700 MT, up 92.8% from year-ago

- USDA attaché in South Africa forecasts sunflower production at 930 TMT in 2017/18, up 3.3% from 900 TMT in 2016/17

- USDA attaché expects that Malaysian palm oil production to increase from 17.7 MMT in 2015/16 to 19.4 MMT in 2016/17 and to 21.0 MMT in 2017/18. Palm oil exports are forecast at 18 MMT in 2017/18 up from 17 MMT in 2016/17 and 16.621 MMT in 2015/16

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