WHEAT

- Oct 19 - Syria seeks 200,000 MT of optional origin soft wheat for bread making

- Oct 9 - Egypt's GASC seeks wheat for Nov 11-20 shipment

- Weekly US wheat export sales data for week ended October 1 – 293,100 MT, incl. 288,000 MT for 2015/16, in line with market expectations (175-375 TMT)

- EU in week ended October 6 granted licenses to export 602 TMT of soft wheat, bringing the total this season to 5.777 MMT vs. 6.844 MMT a year ago

- FranceAgriMer estimated soft wheat planting 23% done as of Oct 5, ahead of last year's pace of 20%

- UK farm ministry estimates 2015 wheat harvest for the UK at 16.129 MMT, down 3% from 2014 (16.606 MMT)

- Kazakhstan's Ag Min said Kazakhstan harvested 18.021 MMT (from 94.8% area) as of Oct 9, up from 14.845 MMT a year ago. Yields were at 1.29 mt/ha, up from 1.21 mt/ha a year ago

- The acreage of Ukrainian land sown with winter grain for the 2016 harvest could fall by up to 30% due to excessively dry weather across most of the country

- Japan weather forecaster sees El Nino likely to last into spring

- Thailand has exported 7.1 MMT of rice to date in 2015 and may regain the top rice exporter, partly due to the government-to-government deals to sell rice to China. Thailand should be able to ship 9.7-10 MMT of rice this year

CORN

Oct 8 - South Korea's KOCOPIA bought around 60,000 MT of Brazilian corn at 195 $/mt C&F for arrival around Jan 10

- Ukrainian corn exports to China under a $1.5 billion loan-for-grains deal could be significantly below an expected 2 MMT this year, as Beijing appears to want less of the commodity. Ukraine said they had shipped 800,000 MT of corn to China from January to August this year, but expected to ship only 150,000 MT more to the end of the year

- China's largest corn growing province, Heilongjiang, is likely to stockpile 35-40 MMT of corn during 2015/16 vs. 45.7 MMT in 2014/15. But corn stocks in the region already stand at 81 MMT, so they could top 120 MMT by the end of April

- Weekly US corn export sales data for week ended Oct 1 – 466,070 MT, incl. 519,700 MT for 2015/16, below analyst expectations of 550-750 TMT

- EU in week ended Oct 6 granted licenses to export 32 TMT of corn, bringing the total this season to 483 TMT vs. 531 TMT a year ago

- EU in week ended Oct 6 awarded 185 TMT of corn (maize) import certificates, taking the volume so far this season to 1.805 MMT vs. 2.362 MMT a year ago

- FranceAgriMer said 56% of France's corn crops were in good to excellent condition as of Oct 5, unchanged from the prior week, but still well below vs. 88% a year ago. Harvesting of French corn crop was 22% completed as of Oct 5, well ahead of last year's pace of 6%

- Buenos Aires Grain Exchange estimated corn planting 19.8% done as of Oct 8 vs. 24.5% a year ago. The exchange forecasts country's corn planting area at 2.72 mln ha this year vs. 3.4 mln ha in 2014/15

BARLEY

- EU in week ended Oct 6 granted licenses to export 230 TMT of barley, bringing the total this season to 3.667 MMT vs. 2.299 TMT a year ago

- FranceAgriMer estimated winter barley planting 37% done as of Oct 5, slightly ahead of last year's pace of 36%

- UK farm ministry estimates UK's 2015 barley harvest at 7.281 MMT, up 5% from 2014 (6.911 MMT)

SOYBEAN

- Oct 8 - USDA announced export sales of 20,000 MT of US soybean oil for delivery to unknown destinations during 2015/16

- Weekly US soybean export sales data for week ended Oct 1 – 2,280.2 TMT, incl. 1,284.6 TMT for 2015/16, topping market forecasts (700-1,200 TMT)

- USDA attaché in Brazil forecasts a record-large Brazilian soybean crop of 97 MMT for 2015/16 due to an expected increase in planted area; record 2015/16 soybean exports – 53.5 MMT; and crush at 40 MMT

- USDA attaché in Argentina projects farmers will plant 20 million ha to soybeans in 2015/16, resulting in a crop of 57 MMT (60.8 MMT in 2014/15)

- USDA attaché in Argentina forecasts Argentina's 2015/16 sunflower output at 3.2 MMT vs. 3.16 MMT in 2014/15 and crush at 3.09 MMT (2.8 MMT in 2014/15)

- Buenos Aires Grain Exchange estimated sunflower planting 25.7% done as of Oct 8, up 1.5% on the week, and vs. 22.5% a year ago. The exchange forecasts country's sunflower planting area at 1.45 mln ha this year vs. 1.3 mln ha in 2014/15