WHEAT

- Apr 21 - Japan seeks 126,398 MT of food wheat for May 21-June 20 shipment:

  • 17,900 MT of western white US wheat;
  • 16,735 MT of hard red winter US wheat;
  • 31,703 MT of dark northern spring US wheat;
  • 34,510 MT of Canadian western red spring wheat;
  • 25,550 MT of Australian standard white wheat for August shipment

- Apr 20 - Philippines seeks up to 150,000 MT of feed wheat in three consignments for June-September shipment

- Apr 18 - Argentina grants export licenses for 33,250 MT of low protein wheat

- Apr 14 - South Korea's Major Feedmill Group (MFG) in a private deal purchased 60,000 MT of feed wheat from worldwide origins apart Denmark and South America from CJ International at 179.90 $/mt c&f + 1.20 $/mt surcharge for additional port unloading for arrival around Oct 10

- USDA estimated 57% of the US winter wheat crop good to excellent (G/E) as of April 17 compared to 56% a week ago and 42% a year-ago, matching analysts' expectations of 57% G/E (range 55-59%)

- USDA estimated US spring wheat planting 27% complete as of April 17 compared to 31% last year and a 19% five-year average. It is slightly higher than average expectations of 26% (range 19-43%)

- US wheat export inspections for week, ending April 14, recorded 456,924 MT, above the market forecasts (250-380 TMT). Inspections for 2015/16 are running 12.9% behind year-ago

- SovEcon upgraded its forecast for Russia's 2016 grain crop to 103 MMT from a previously expected 98 MMT. Its wheat crop forecast was upgraded by 2 MMT to 59 MMT

- Romanian grain production is expected to climb 12% in 2016/17 to 21 MMT, which may push the country's exports up 30% in 2016/17

CORN

- Apr 18 - Argentina grants export licenses for 234,000 MT of corn

- USDA said the US corn crop 13% planted as of Apr 17, up from 7% a year ago and the five-year average of 8%, but slightly below the average analyst estimate of 14% (range 11-18%)

- USDA estimated US sorghum planting 16% complete as of April 17, compared to 18% last year and a 21% five-year average

- US corn export inspections for week, ending Apr 14, reported 1,088,552 MT, within the market expectations (850-1100 TMT). Inspections for 2015/16 are running 13.4% behind year-ago

- Brazilian corn imports have dropped back after surging to their highest levels in a decade recently, but the dry spell could return the country to buying soon

- Ukrainian farmers have sown 2.3 mln ha of early spring grain or 92% of the initial area as of April 18 vs. 2.0 mln ha a year ago. Ukraine's Ag Min estimates spring barley planting 90% (or 1.7 mln ha) done vs. 1.5 mln ha a year ago

- Ukraine's Ag Min estimated corn planting 20% (or 907,000 ha) done as of Apr 18 compare to 120,000 ha a year ago

- Russian Ag Min estimated spring planting 10.9% (or 5.7 mln ha) done as of April 18 vs. 3.7 mln ha a year ago. Of the total Russian farmers planted 3.5 mln ha of spring grain or 11.3% of planned area vs. 2.3 mln ha a year ago

- Russian farmers planted 617,400 ha of maize or 20.6% of planned area as of Apr 18 vs. 220,100 ha a year ago

SOYBEAN

- Apr 18 - Argentina grants export licenses for 60,000 MT of soybeans and 435,943 MT of soymeal

- US soybean export inspections for week, ending Apr 14, reported 256,822 MT, in line with trade forecasts that ranged from 160,000 to 350,000 MT. Inspections for the 2015/16 marketing year are running 7% behind year-ago

- AgRural reports Brazilian soybean harvest is 90% done as of Apr 15 vs. 91% a year ago and the 5-year average of 88%

- Soybean Processors Association of India (SOPA) said India's soymeal exports in 2015/16 fiscal year ended March 31 dropped 74% from a year ago to 387,297 MT. Earlier this month Solvent Extractors' Association of India (SEA) estimated India's Apr-Mar 2015/16 soymeal exports at 70,820 MT vs. 659,593 MT a year ago

- Ukraine's Ag Min estimated soybean planting 7% (or 132,000 ha) done as of Apr 18 compare to zero a year ago

- Ukrainian farmers have sown 1.6 mln ha of sunflower or 32% of planned area as of April 18 vs. 475,000 ha a year ago

- Russian farmers have sown 748,300 ha of sunflower or 10.8% of planned area as of April 18 vs. 354,300 ha a year ago

- Russian farmers started soybean sowing and about 0.9% (or 20,900 ha) was planted as of Apr 18