WHEAT

- Dec 10 - Japan seeks 119,165 MT of food wheat for Jan-Mar shipment:

  • 39,720 MT of western white US wheat
  • 13,015 MT of hard red winter US wheat
  • 29,655 MT of Canadian western red spring wheat
  • 36,775 MT of Australian standard white

- French grain silo operators resume accepting wheat deliveries at Rouen and Dunkirk ports

- US wheat export inspections for week, ending December 3, recorded 225,034 MT, within analysts' estimates (200-400 TMT). Inspections for 2015/16 are running 15.2% behind year-ago

- Dec 8 - Russia bought 72,225 MT of intervention grain (69,930 MT of wheat and 2,295 MT of barley) via tender on the NTB (Moscow Exchange). Making the total bought since Aug 20 at 1,072,035 MT of Russian grain (1,038,690 MT of wheat, 12,825 MT of rye and 20,520 MT of barley)

- Rosselkhoznadzor estimated Russian grain exports between Jul 1- Dec 7, 2015 at 19.34 MMT (incl. 13.69 MMT of wheat) compared with 23.74 MMT (16.52 MMT) in Jul 1- Dec 31 of 2014/15

- Abares cut its estimate for Australian wheat exports to 16.948 MMT during 2015/16, down 3.4% from a previous estimate of 17.53 MMT, but up 2% from last year (16.571 MMT in 2014/15)

- China's statistics bureau said country's total grain output has risen by 2.4% in 2015 to 621 MMT from last year. Wheat output climbed to 130.2 MMT compared with last year's 126 MMT. Rice production rose slightly to 208.3 MMT from 206.4 MMT in 2014

CORN

- Dec 7 - USDA announced export sales of 115,000 MT of US corn for delivery to Mexico during 2015/16

- US corn export inspections for week, ending Dec 3, reported 491,879 MT, in line with trade expectations (400-600 TMT). Inspections for 2015/16 are running 24.7% behind year-ago

- South African maize futures hit new peaks on Monday as drought concerns intensified in Africa's largest producer of the grain crop

- China's statistics bureau said country's corn output rose by 4% in 2015 to 224.58 MMT (215.67 MMT in 2014)

- France reported three more cases of bird flu in the southwest of the country

SOYBEAN

- US soybean export inspections for week, ending Dec 3, reported 1,720,617 MT, topping the range of market forecasts (1.45-1.7 MMT). Inspections for the 2015/16 marketing year are running 8% behind year-ago

- AgRural lowered its estimate of new crop Brazilian soybean production to 99.7 MMT from 100.2 MMT previously. They estimated Brazil's 2015/16 soybean crop was 88% planted, below the five-year average of 94%

- Stratégie Grains estimated 2016/17 EU rapeseed crop at 21.8 MMT, almost unchanged to the old crop (+0.2%), while sunflower seed production expected to rise 9.1% on year to 8.4 MMT and soybean – to 2.4 MMT (+18%)