- China said to reject a cargo of Australian barley due to Johnson's grass

- China may restrict sorghum and DDGs imports because they have too large corn stocks. Chinese buyers boosted imports of US sorghum in the current season to a record of more than 8 MMT, using the feed grain as a cheaper alternative to higher-priced domestic corn

- EU in week ended May 12 granted licences to export 237 TMT of barley, bringing the total this season to 8.013 MMT vs. 5.271 MMT a year ago

- Strategie Grains raised 2015 EU barley production by 500 TMT to 58.6 MMT, but still down 3% compared with 2014

- FranceAgriMer said 90% of France's winter barley crops were in good to excellent condition as of May 11 vs. 89% a week ago and vs. 73% a year ago

- Russia's Ag Min said farmers planted 5.6 MH of spring barley through May 15, or 68.3% of the planned total planted area vs. 6.4 MH a year ago