- USDA said the US corn crop 19% planted as of Apr 26, below market expectations for 21% complete, vs. 9% a week ago and vs. 17% a year ago, and vs. a 5-year average of 25%

- Forecasts for the next week or two appear to be very favorable for corn planting and the US farmer is expected to have made great progress next week at this time

- US corn export inspections for week, ending Apr 23, reported 1,293,996 tons, topping trade expectations

- Worries the US bird flu (H5N2) outbreak could reduce demand for animal feed also weighed on prices. Initial tests have found five probable new cases of the rapidly spreading avian influenza on commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds. Positive results would push the outbreak's national tally to more than 15.1 million affected birds from commercial flocks in 13 states

- Chinese farmers could expand corn acreage by 3% this year to take advantage of high prices offered by the state stockpile. Beijing has stockpiled more than 82 MMT from the 2014/15 harvest and state reserves now hold a record 150 MMT, more than eight months' consumption. If the increase in acreage pushes corn reserves even higher, the government may clamp down on cheap imports of corn and corn substitutes

- MARS lifted its yield forecast for this year's EU's corn to 7.22 t/ha from 7.19 t/ha last month, down 9% from last year, but 3% above the 5-year average

- Ukraine's Ag Min said farmers planted 1.4 MH of corn through April 28, or 31% of the planned area vs. 2.1 MH a year ago

- MARS lifted its yield forecast for this year's EU's barley to 4.71 t/ha from 4.63 t/ha last month, down 3.6% from last year, but 2.5% above the 5-year average

- USDA estimated US barley planting 56% complete as of Apr 26, compared to 43% a week ago, 32% last year and a 35% five-year average

- USDA estimated US sorghum planting 24% complete as of Apr 26, compared to 19% a week ago, 26% last year and a 25% five-year average