WHEAT

- South Korea's Nofi seeks 65,000 MT of feed wheat for January

- MARS raised its estimate for the soft wheat yield in this year's EU harvest to 5.81 MT per hectare (mt/ha) from 5.81 mt/ha estimated last month. This is down 5.4% from 2014 but 2.5% above the five-year mean

- USDA said 75% of the US spring crop has been harvested as of August 23, 7% higher than analyst forecasts and up from 26% a year ago and vs. a 47% average of the last five years

- US wheat export inspections for week, ending August 20, recorded 277,992 MT, below the market expectations (375-525 TMT)

- University of Buenos Aires said Argentina in danger of losing up to 600,000 hectares of planted wheat area due to floods

- Russian farmers have harvested 65 MMT of grain (incl. 45.7 MMT of wheat and 12.7 MMT of barley) as of August 24, down from 70 MMT (incl. 45.4 MMT of wheat and 15.1 MMT of barley) a year ago. Yields were at 2.77 mt/ha, down from 2.96 mt/ha a year ago

- Kazakhstan's Ag Min said Kazakhstan exported 651,400 MT of grain between July 1-August 20, 2015 vs. 633,100 MT a year ago, incl. flour – 285,600 MT in wheat equivalent vs. 324,400 MT in the same period of 2014/15

- Kazakhstan's Ag Min said Kazakhstan harvested 1.604 MMT as of August 24, up from 1.227 MMT a year ago. Yields were at 1.51 mt/ha, up from 1.14 mt/ha a year ago

CORN

- USDA estimated 69% US corn crop rated good to excellent as of August 23, steady on a week ago, matching market expectations and vs. last year's 73%

- US corn export inspections for week, ending August 20, reported 883,987 MT, in line with the range of analysts' expectations (825-1000 TMT)

- The EU's crop monitoring service MARS slashed its yield estimate for the bloc's 2015 corn crop to 6.4 mt/ha versus 6.71 mt/ha last month due to dryness. This would be 20.5% less than last year's yield (8.06 mt/ha) and 8.8% below the five-year average (7.02 mt/ha)

- MARS estimates EU new crop barley (winter and spring) yield at 4.62 mt/ha against 4.61 mt/ha estimated last month and vs. 4.9 mt/ha in 2014, but still 2.8% above the five-year average (4.49 mt/ha)

- Germany has initiated a move to stop the growing of genetically modified crops under new EU rules, even if varieties have been approved by the EU

- SAGIS estimated South Africa's July corn ending stocks were 7.168 MMT vs. 8.569 MMT a year ago

- SAGIS estimated S. Africa's May- July 2015 corn exports at 205,703 MT vs. 843,239 MT a year ago

- Brazil's hydrous ethanol sales reached a record 1.55 billion liters in July, up 4% compared with June and a sharp increase of 53% compared with a year earlier

SOY

- Aug 24 - USDA announced export sales of 120,000 MT of US soybeans for delivery to unknown destinations during the 2015/16

- USDA said the US soybean crop condition was rated 63% good to excellent as of August 23, unchanged from a week ago and in line with market forecasts, but below previous year's 70%

- US soybean export inspections for week, ending August 20, reported 210,128 MT, within trade estimates (110-225 TMT)

- There are concerns about the Chinese economy, which are holding back buyer interest in soybean futures

- Argentine farmers started a five-day crop sales strike on Monday, August 24

- MARS raised its estimate for the EU's 2015 rapeseed yield to 3.25 mt/ha, against 3.23 mt/ha seen last month, now down 10.2% on last year (3.62 mt/ha) but still 3.8% above the five-year average (3.13 mt/ha)

- Surveyor Intertek Testing Services (ITS) estimated Malaysia's August 1-25 palm oil exports at 1,275,869 MT up 10.7% from a month ago

- Surveyor SGS estimated Malaysia's August 1-25 palm oil exports at 1,285,247 MT up 9.1% from a month ago