WHEAT

- Iran has canceled import duties it imposed on wheat and barley in July. The import duties ended on Sept 6 for wheat (~45-50 $/mt) and on Aug 22 for barley

- USDA said 19% of the US winter wheat is planted as of September 20, matching the market expectation, but down from 23% last year and the 5-year average pace of 20%

- US wheat export inspections for week, ending September 17, recorded 604,918 MT, topped analysts' estimates (400-600 TMT)

- Sudan has scrapped a special U.S. dollar/Sudanese pound exchange rate used for wheat imports, effectively removing a subsidy. The rate changed from 4 Sudanese pounds to 6, bringing it in line with the official exchange rate. The subsidy removal is part of a government plan to liberalize wheat imports during a time of low global wheat prices, allowing the government to save money

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

- Sep 22 - Russia bought 9,585 MT of intervention grain (7,020 MT of wheat and 2,430 MT of rye and 135 MT of barley) from Asian part of country via tender on the NTB (Moscow Exchange)

- SovEcon estimated Russia's September grain exports at a record 4.5 MMT vs. 3.5 MMT in August

- China's August wheat imports up 871.72% on year to 343,392 MT, incl. 155,694 MT from Australia, 122,472 MT from the US and 55,161 MT from Canada,

- China's Jan-Aug wheat imports down 24.65% on year to 2.039 MMT

CORN

- Sep 21 - USDA announced export sales of 487,680 MT of US corn for delivery to Mexico during 2015/16

- USDA estimated 68% US corn crop rated good to excellent as of September 20, unchanged from a week ago, and vs. last year's 74%. As of Sunday, 10% of the US's crop was harvested, which compares to 7% last year and the five-year average of 15%. Traders expected a slightly more advanced pace of around 13%

- US corn export inspections for week, ending September 17, reported 735,535 MT, at a low side of the range of analysts' expectations (700-850 TMT)

- The EU's crop monitoring service MARS raised its yield estimate for the bloc's 2015 corn crop to 6.43 mt/ha from 6.4 mt/ha last month. This would still be 20.4% less than last year's yield (8.07 mt/ha) and 8.5% below the five-year average (7.02 mt/ha)

- Traders said soybean planting started last week in the Brazil state of Parana and should start this week in Mato Grosso do Sul

- China will pay 2,000 yuan ($313.92) per MT of corn to farmers in the country's corn belt between Nov-April as it part of its stockpiling scheme for 2015/16, down roughly 10% from its purchase price last year

- China imported 607,582 MT of corn last month, which was a 353.98% increase from last year but down 45% from July's record (1.11 MMT). Ukraine remained the largest supplier in August, with 445,219 MT (151,979 MT from the US). Corn purchases through August this year stand at nearly 4,365 MMT, a 173.29% increase from year ago, with Ukraine accounting for 84.86% of this business

- China's imports of dried distillers' grains (DDGs) totaled 793,524 MT in August, a 26% rise from year-ago but a 28% dip from July's record (1.1 MMT). For the first eight months of the year, China has imported 3.55 MMT of DDGs, down 9.2% from year-ago at this point

- Chinese ethanol imports for August totaled 53,530 MT versus just 29 MT in August 2014. Year-to-date imports stand at 179,469 MT versus last year's 13,673 MT

- MARS estimates EU new crop barley (winter and spring) yield at 4.63 mt/ha against 4.62 mt/ha estimated last month, down 5.5% from 2014 (4.9 mt/ha), but still 3.1% above the five-year average (4.49 mt/ha)

- China's August barley imports rose 140.71% on year to 778,166 MT, incl. 330,736 MT from Australia, 265,812 MT from France, 95,750 MT from Ukraine and 85,868 MT from Canada

- China's Jan-Aug barley imports rose 111.11% on year to 7,426 MMT

- Slovenia reported first case of mad cow disease since 2007 on Friday

SOY

- Oct 1 - South Korea seeks 5,000 MT of non-GM soybeans for Nov-Dec shipment

- Sep 21 - USDA announced export sales of 240,000 MT of US soybeans for delivery to unknown destinations during 2015/16

- USDA said the US soybean crop condition was rated 63% good to excellent as of September 20, up 2% from a week ago, ahead of market forecasts, but below previous year's 71%. Harvesting of the US soy crop has begun with 7% completed as of September 20, matching the 5-year average pace for the week, but ahead of market forecasts (5%) and last year's pace of 3%

- US soybean export inspections for week, ending September 17, reported 502,846 MT, just above of trade forecasts of 350-500 TMT

- Chinese trade delegation in the US are expected sign deals to buy 3-5 MMT of US soybeans on Thursday

- China imported nearly 7.784 MMT of soybeans during August, a 29.01% increase from year-ago. Brazil and Argentina got 93.94% of this business. For the first eight months of the year China has purchased around 52,395 MT of soybeans, a 9.81% increase from the year-prior

- MARS left its estimate for the EU's 2015 rapeseed yield unchanged from last month at 3.25 mt/ha, down 10.2% on last year (3.62 mt/ha) but still 3.8% above the five-year average (3.13 mt/ha)

- China's August rapeseed imports up 99.85% on year to 576,409 MT, incl. 522,415 MT from Canada and 51,306 MT from Australia

- China's Jan-Aug rapeseed imports down 8.5% on year to 3.122 MMT

- China's August soy oil imports down 35.06% on year to 111,934 MT

- China's Jan-Aug soy oil imports down 40.63% on year to 482,419 MT

- China's August rapeseed oil imports up 201.68% on year to 59,007 MT

- China's Jan-Aug rapeseed oil imports down 13.58% on year to 532,157 MT

- China's August palm oil imports up 74.58% on year to 541,964 MT

- China's Jan-Aug palm oil imports up 2.57% on year to 3.734 MMT

- US crop handler The Scoular Company is looking to acquire stakes in grain and oilseeds facilities in Western Canada. Scoular last week agreed to pay C$94 million ($71.1 million) for the special crops division of Canada's Legumex Walker Inc, including 14 plants in Canada, the US and China