- INTL FCStone raised its forecast for the US 2015 corn harvest to 13.541 billion bushels with yield at 167.0 bpa from 13.457 billion bushels and 165.9 bpa in its previous monthly report

- Weekly US corn export sales data for week ended September 24 – 801,300 MT, incl. 748,200 MT for 2015/16, in line with analyst expectations of 700,000-900,000 MT

- Statistics Canada trimmed its estimate of Canada's 2015 corn crop from 12.3 to 12.2 MMT, below average market expectation of 12.3 MMT but up 6.2% over 2014 levels (11.5 MMT)

- EU in week ended September 29 granted licenses to export 27 TMT of corn, bringing the total this season to 451 TMT vs. 410 TMT a year ago

- EU in week ended September 29 awarded 80 TMT of corn (maize) import certificates, taking the volume so far this season to 1.62 MMT vs. 2.266 MMT a year ago

- FranceAgriMer said 56% of France's corn crops were in good to excellent condition as of September 28, unchanged from the prior week, but still well below vs. 87% a year ago. Harvesting of French corn crop was 9% completed as of September 28, ahead of last year's pace of 2%

- Milder weather may limit EU maize losses as harvest gets going

- China's Golden Week started yesterday so its markets will be close until Oct 7

- Buenos Aires Grain Exchange expects more late planting this season because many producers will make the decision in late October, November or even December. The decision by farmers to hold back from planting increases uncertainty over the size of the 2015/16 crop in Argentina. The exchange is already forecasting that the 2015/16 corn planting area will fall to 2.72 million hectares from last season's 3.4 million as the uncertain political outlook pushes farmers toward sowing soy, which is cheaper to produce

- Ukrainian farmers have harvested 5.1 MMT of corn from 1.1 mln ha (26%) with yields of 4.69 mt/ha as of Oct 2 vs. 6.7 MMT, 1.4 mln ha and 4.64 mt/ha a year ago

- US total corn consumed for alcohol and other uses was 497.1 million bushels in August 2015, down 1% from July but up 1% from June 2015

- US dry mill co-product production of distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) was 1.94 million tons during August 2015, down 3% from July and down 2% from June 2015

- US wet mill corn gluten feed production was 343.5 thousand tons during August 2015, up 3% from July and up 7% from June 2015

- African crops, economies at risk as El Nino threatens to scorch and soak

- USDA said deadly piglet virus that killed millions of US pigs over the past two years may have entered the country on large bags typically used to transport feed and other bulk products - Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs)