WHEAT

- Mar 29 - Jordan retenders to buy 100,000 MT of optional origin hard milling wheat

- Mar 25 - Ethiopia seeks around 499,000 MT of optional origin milling wheat for May-July shipment

- Mar 23 - Japan bought 5,600 MT of feed wheat for August 31 arrive via SBS-tender. It will skip the auction next week due to the end of fiscal year adjustment ending March 31

- Mar 22 - Jordan has made no purchase in an international tender to buy 100,000 MT of optional origin hard milling wheat for Sept 16-Oct 31 shipment

- Mar 22 - Israel did not buy 35,000 MT of optional origin feed wheat

- Lebanon's public health ministry referred a case of contaminated Russian wheat imports to a branch of the public prosecutor's office on Tuesday. Public Health Minister Wael Abu Faour has said tests carried out by his ministry in February showed unacceptable levels of a carcinogenic substance, ochratoxin, in wheat imports from Russia

- Mar 23 - Russia bought 29,430 MT of intervention grain (all wheat) via tender on the NTB (Moscow Exchange). Making the total bought since Aug 20 at 1,670,756 MT of Russian grain (1,632,551 MT of wheat, 17,685 MT of rye and 20,520 MT of barley). Separately Russia bought around 66,780 MT of Crimean wheat in intervention fund between Aug 19-Mar 17 via tenders on Crimean Exchange

- Ukrainian grain stocks were at 16.19 MMT as of March 1, down 16.3% from a year earlier, incl. 7.29 MMT of wheat (6.15 MMT a year ago), 1.28 MMT of barley (1.58 MMT a year ago) and 6.94 MMT of corn (10.66 MMT a year ago). The data does not include grain stored at small farms

- Mar 28 - South Korea's Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp seeks 63,333 MT of rice for arrival in June (7,778 MT) and September (the rest)

CORN

- Mar 22 - Israel bought 65,000 MT of corn, likely from Black Sea region, at about 171.5 $/mt c&f for May-Jul shipment

- S. Korea's KFA bought 63,000 MT of yellow corn, optionally from the US or South America, at 177.45 $/mt c&f Incheon for July 30 arrival in private deal late last week

- Zimbabwe has ordered 469,000 MT of white maize since declaring food emergency in February. Around half of the corn will come from Zambia and the rest from the U.S. and Mexico

- JCI reported China so far has bought 138.2 MMT of corn into reserve from this crop year

- Dr. Michael Cordonnier left his Brazilian and Argentine corn crop forecasts unchanged this week at 84 MMT (85.4 MMT in 2014/15) and 25 MMT (27 MMT in 2014/15) respectively

- Dr. Michael Cordonnier left his estimate of South America's 2015/16 corn crop at 113.3 MMT unchanged from previous estimate and vs. 116.2 MMT in 2014/15

- China's February barley imports fell 71.8% on year to 261,766 MT. China's Jan-Feb barley imports dropped 65.5% on year to 624,100 MT

- France has found a suspected case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in the northeastern region of Ardennes. If confirmed, it would be the first case of BSE in France since 2004

- The world's top grain trading houses ADM, Bunge, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus, known collectively by the acronym "ABCD", have lost their century-old dominance of Brazil's grains export market to their Asian rivals. Reuters found that Asian trading houses, including China's COFCO, bought 45% of Brazil's soybean, corn and soybean meal exports last year. By comparison, the share purchased by ABCD was 37%

SOYBEAN

- Dr. Michael Cordonnier says around 61% of the Brazilian soybean crop has been harvested, about four percentage points ahead of the five-year average. He left his crop estimate unchanged at 100 MMT vs. 96.2 MMT in 2014/15

- Dr. Michael Cordonnier maintains Argentine 2015/16 soybean production estimate at 60 MMT (60.8 MMT in 2014/15), but he may increase it due to strong early yields

- Dr. Michael Cordonnier left his estimate of South America's 2015/16 soybean crop at 175.3 MMT unchanged from previous estimate and vs. 171.4 MMT in 2014/15

- Argentine February soybean crush was reported at 3.15 MMT, up 50% from last year

- China imported 4.508 MMT of soybeans during February up 5.7% from year-ago. China's Jan-Feb soybean imports fell 8.8% on year to 10.165 MMT

- JCI expects China's soybean imports at 5.3 MMT in March, 7-7.4 MMT in April and 7.5-7.8 MMT in May

- China's February rapeseed imports up 68.6% on year to 500,144 MT. China's Jan-Feb rapeseed imports rose 0.8% on year to 640,029 MT

- China's February rapeseed oil imports rose by 4.2% on year to 47,299 MT. China's Jan-Feb rapeseed oil imports rose 36.6% on year to 132,649 MT

- Ukrainian sunflower stocks were at 3.25 MMT as of March 1, down 10% from a year earlier. The data does not include grain stored at small farms