- South Korea's KOCOPIA seeks 55,000 tons of worldwide origin corn for shipment by August 20

- Argentina authorized the export of an additional 3.5 MMT of its 2014/2015 corn crop. This brings the total amount of corn authorized for export this year to 11.5 MMT.

- Argentina plans to issue another 2.3 million tonnes of corn export licenses, adding to the already stiff competition in the world market

- USDA said the US corn crop 9% planted as of Apr 19 vs. 2% a week ago and vs. 6% a year ago, and vs. 13% on average

- US corn export inspections for week, ending Apr 16, reported 1,068,197 tons, topping trade expectations

- China imported 50,662 tons of corn in March, up 5.05% from year ago. China's January-March corn imports totaled 1.2 MMT up 4.6% y/y

- Outbreak of birdflu in the US is raising concerns as this could potentially reduce demand for feed ingredients such as corn and soymeal

- Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there

- Corn imports by China are unlikely to exceed 7.2 MMT in 2024 due to quota restrictions, as long as domestic supplies are sufficient

- USDA estimated US sorghum planting 19% complete as of Apr 19, compared to 16% a week ago, 23% last year and a 22% five-year average

- The chairman of China's COFCO said the company is considering listing its agricultural assets together with those of its joint ventures Nidera and Noble Agri within three to five years