WHEAT

- Jun 5 - Bangladesh seeks 50,000 MT of optional origin milling wheat. The deadline for offers is June 5, with validity up to June 16, and the wheat is to be shipped within 40 days of the signing of the contract

- Iraq again extended the offer deadline on its tender to buy at least 50,000 MT of hard wheat from the US, Canada or Australia until May 18

- May 17 - South Korea's NOFI bought 65,000 MT of optional origin feed wheat at 186.7 $/mt c&f for shipment Aug 8-27 if from South America/EU ; Sep 2-21 if from US Pacific/NWC/AU/CA; Aug 13-Sep 1 if from US Gulf/Eastern Europe

- May 17 - Jordan has made no purchase in a tender to buy 100,000 MT of optional origin hard milling wheat for October shipments

- Kazakh Ag Min said Kazakhstan exported 7.352 MMT of grain between July 1-May 10, 2015/16 vs. 5.53 MMT a year ago, incl. flour – 2.546 MMT in wheat equivalent vs. 2.081 MT in the same period of 2014/15

- Kazakh farmers planted 2.653 mln ha of spring cereals crops as of May 18 vs. 1.238 mln ha a year ago

- Russian Ag Min estimated spring wheat planting 44.7% (or 5.896 mln ha) done as of May 17 vs. 3.97 mln ha a year ago

- Russian Ag Min forecasts Russia's 2016 grain crop at 106.4 MMT, including 62.47 MMT of wheat

- Germany's association of farm cooperatives lowered its forecast of country's 2016 wheat crop to 25.57 MMT from April estimate of 26.1 MMT, a 3.7% reduction from last year

- Qatar Flour Mills, the country's only wheat milling facility, plans increase capacity in July to allow it to increase its exports to Saudi Arabia. Its mill, which has a capacity of about 250,000 MT a year, will raise its daily capacity to 820 MT from 670 MT. Around 80% of Qatar Flour Mill's production goes to the local market while the rest is exported to Saudi and the UAE. Qatar Flour Mills, a subsidiary of Zad Holding, imports its wheat, mostly of Canadian and Australian origin, through direct contracts with traders

- Philippines plan to limit rice imports by private traders

CORN

- South Korea's Major Feedmill Group seeks up to 140,000 MT of corn for August shipment

- May 17 - South Korea's NOFI cancelled tender to buy 65,000 MT of corn

- In Brazil, growers of winter corn must renegotiate delivery contracts for forward sales, curtailing exports of the grain, after dryness caused severe losses

- Dr. Michael Cordonnier lowered his Brazilian corn crop forecast sixth consecutive week by 1 MMT to 76 MMT (85.4 MMT in 2014/15), but left unchanged Argentine corn peg at 25 MMT (27 MMT in 2014/15)

- Dr. Michael Cordonnier trimmed his estimate of South America's 2015/16 corn crop this week from 106.3 to 105.3 MMT and vs. 116.2 MMT in 2014/15

- Dr. Michael Cordonnier in his initial estimate for 2016 projects US farmers will plant 92.0 million acres of corn, with harvested acres at 84.3 million and a yield of 166.0 bu per acre, resulting in a 14.0-billion-bu crop

- Germany's association of farm cooperatives expects country's 2016 corn crop at 4.47 MMT, a 12.8% growth from last year and slightly up from April forecast of 4.46 MMT

- Germany's association of farm cooperatives left its estimate of the 2016 winter barley crop unchanged from April estimate at 9.3 MMT, down 3.2% from last year; but lowered forecast of spring barley crop to 1.95 MMT from 1.98 MMT a prior month, down 2.3% from 2015

- Ukraine's Ag Min estimated corn planting 90% (or 4.084 mln ha) done as of May 17 compare to 3.994 mln ha a year ago

- Russian Ag Min estimated spring barley planting 74.5% (or 6.04 mln ha) done as of May 17 vs. 5.6 mln ha a year ago

- Russian farmers planted 2.25 mln ha of maize or 75.3% of planned area as of May 17 vs. 1.97 mln ha a year ago

- HC2 Holdings Inc has made a bid to buy US grain handler Andersons Inc for about $1 billion in cash

SOYBEAN

- May 17 - South Korea's NOFI cancelled tender to buy 7,000 MT of soymeal

- Dr. Michael Cordonnier cut his Brazil soybean crop forecast by 0.5 MMT to 97 MMT (96.2 MMT in 2014/15), but left unchanged Argentine soybean peg at 56 MMT (61.4 MMT in 2014/15)

- Dr. Michael Cordonnier trimmed his estimate of South America's 2015/16 soybean crop to 167.3 MMT from previous estimate of 167.8 MMT and compare to 171.4 MMT in 2014/15

- Dr. Michael Cordonnier in his initial estimate for 2016 projects US farmers will plant 84.0 million acres of soybeans, with harvested acres at 83.1 million and a yield of 46.7 bu per acre, resulting in a 3.88-billion-bu crop

- Germany's association of farm cooperatives forecast Germany's 2016 winter rapeseed crop will rise by 1.8% on the year, to 5.10 MMT, up from 5.04 MMT it forecast in April

- Ukrainian farmers have sown 4.631 mln ha of sunflower or 89% of planned area as of May 17 vs. 4.067 mln ha a year ago

- Ukraine's Ag Min estimated soybean planting 78% (or 1.592 mln ha) done as of May 17 compare to 1.686 mln ha a year ago

- Russian farmers have sown 5.0 mln ha of sunflower or 72% of planned area as of May 17 vs. 3.97 mln ha a year ago

- Russian farmers planted 798,500 ha of soybeans or 36% of planned area as of May 17 compare to 735,100 ha a year ago

- Monsanto Co said it would suspend future soybean technologies in Argentina, after a disagreement with the government over inspections of genetically modified soybeans