WHEAT

- Sri Lanka seeks 50,000 MT of Russian wheat (12.5% protein) for October shipment

- Guatemala seeking wheat for Dec shipment

- Colombia seeking wheat for Jan shipment

- Today is expected will be decision about reduction of wheat export tax in Russia and increase of purchasing prices for intervention fund

- Dry weather is threatening the 2016 grain harvests in Ukraine and Russia, both major Black Sea wheat exporters which are currently sowing winter crops

- Ukraine's weather office says farmers sowing winter crops despite 70% of fields being absolutely dry; farmers have slowed wheat sales on expectations of higher prices

- Rains are also needed across the US HRW Wheat Belt due to warm temps depleting soil moisture as planting continues

- There was talk of frost damage to the Australian crop, but traders and analysts said on Thursday that it had avoided widespread production losses

- Argentina's Jan-Jul wheat exports up 12% on year to 3.05 MMT

- Thailand has exported 6.9 MMT of rice between January 1-Sept 22, down 5% on year

CORN

- Nicaragua seeking corn for Jan shipment

- Citi Group estimated CBOT 2016 average corn price at $4.05

- Agritel said they may lower its Ukraine 2015/16 corn crop estimate to 23.0 MMT from current estimate of just below 25.0 MMT

- Brazil federal agricultural agents strike preventing some cargoes of soy, corn, and cotton from unloading at destinations due to lack of certificates

- There are concerns about a fungal disease in the U.S. Midwest. A tropical storm suspected of carrying new corn disease into the US, as winds and rain blew in from Latin America. USDA has confirmed cases of tar spot in four locations in Indiana and three in Illinois. The fungal disease has been a problem for years in Mexico and in Central and South America

- US Ethanol production for the week ended September 18 declined by 23,000 barrels to 938,000 barrels per day, it is up 5.5% from last year's level (889,000 bpd). Stocks rose by 609,000 barrels to 18.9 million barrels, and up vs. 18.592 million barrels a year ago

- China may announce the approval of seven biotech crop traits during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the US this week

- Argentina's Jan-Jul corn exports up 50% on year to 11.55 MMT

SOY

- Sep 23 - USDA announced export sales of 284,500 MT of US soybeans for delivery to China during 2015/16

- China seeking US soybean cargoes for Oct-Nov and Jan shipment and South American new crop soybean cargoes

- Thailand seeking soybeans for Jan shipment

- Nicaragua seeking soymeal for Dec shipment

- Citi Group estimated CBOT 2016 average soybean price at $9.15

- The lowest level of Brazilian currency has encouraged farmer selling of commodities, incl. forward sale of the 2015/16 soybean crop

- Safras e Mercado estimated Brazil's 2016 soybean crush at 42.3 MMT (up 6% from 2015); soybean exports at 52.3 MMT (up 4%); soybean ending stocks at 7.0 MMT (up 72%)