- Aug 4 - South Korea MFG seeks 70,000 MT of optional origin corn for Jan-Feb shipment

- South Korea KFA bought 65,000 MT of optional origin corn for Jan shipment

- Indonesia has stopped issuing import permits for corn used in feedmills in July and is looking at introducing rules that would only allow state procurement agency Bulog to import corn from next year. Indonesia imports mostly from Brazil and Argentina. It imposes a 5% import tariff and requires importers apply to the government for a permit

- European Commission has lowered its forecast of EU 2015 corn crop to 65.5 MMT from 68.4 MMT in its previous outlook and from a record 77.8 MMT last year

- IKAR downgraded its Russian 2015 corn harvest forecast due to persistent hot weather in Russia's southern regions by 500,000 MT to 12-13 MMT

- USDA estimated 70% US corn crop rated good to excellent as of August 2, steady on a week ago, but below last year's 73%

- US corn export inspections for week, ending July 30, reported 920,708 MT, in line with the range of analysts' expectations (800-1175 TMT)

- US total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 493.1 million bushels in June 2015, down 3% from May but up 6% from April 2015

- US dry mill co-product production of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) was 1.98 million tons during June 2015, up 4% from May and up 17% from April 2015

- US wet mill corn gluten feed production was 324.9 thousand tons during June 2015, down 7% from May but up 4% from April 2015

- German chemicals group BASF has lined up a loan package from large multinational banks for a potential takeover offer for Syngenta

- Brazil presents another hurdle in Monsanto's bid for Syngenta