WHEAT

- Sept 19 - Egypt's GASC failed to attract a single offer at its wheat tender, forcing it to cancel its third consecutive tender amid ergot standoff

- Indian government considering lowering wheat import duty to 10-15% from current 25% to boost higher-quality supplies

- US wheat export inspections for week, ending Sept 15, recorded 562,215 MT, in line with the market forecasts (450-650 TMT). Inspections for 2016/17 are running 25.3% ahead of year-ago

- USDA estimated 98% of the US spring wheat crop was harvested as of Sept 18, matching analysts' forecasts of 98% (97-99% – range) and ahead 5-year mean of 93%, but behind last year's pace of 99%

- USDA said the US winter wheat crop 17% planted as of Sept 18, ahead of analyst expectations for 15% planted (range 14-17%) and up from 16% a year ago and on average

- Russian grain stocks were at 45.784 MMT as of September 1, up 15.1% from a year earlier (39.783 MMT as of Sept 1, 2015). The data does not include grain stored at small farms

- Syria's wheat harvest nearly halved to 1.3 MMT this year, the lowest in 27 years. Syrian government buys wheat from Russia to stave off hunger

- Egypt in talks to obtain $2 billion in financing from China

CORN

- Sept 20 - China sold 1,800 MT of 2012 corn from state reserves, or 0.15% of the offered amount (1,209,008 MT), at average price of 1,450 RMB/mt (217 $/mt)

- Sept 19 - USDA announced export sales of 191,000 MT of US corn to Mexico for delivery during 2016/17

- Sept 19 - Argentina grants export licenses for 20,702 MT of corn

- Sept 19 - Argentina grants export licenses for 27,500 MT of barley and 26,500 MT of malt

- Greece purchased last week about 5,000 MT of Ukrainian corn at around 174 $/mt c&f east coast Greece

- US corn export inspections for week, ending Sept 15, reported 1,285,034 MT, within market forecasts (1.0-1.3 MMT). Inspections for 2016/17 are running 50.5% ahead year-ago

- USDA rated 74% of the US corn crop in good-to-excellent condition as of Sept 18, as expected, unchanged from the previous week and up compared to 68% a year-ago. USDA estimated 9% of the US corn crop was harvested, behind analysts' forecasts of 11% (9-14% – range) and 5-year mean of 12%, but equal with last year's pace

- Japan's use of corn in animal feed was at 46.2% in July, 0.4% points lower versus June (46.6%) but 0.4% points above year-ago level (45.8% in July 2015). Its use of barley rose to 3.5% from month ago at 3.4% and vs. 3.5% a year ago; while wheat usage stayed at 1.8%, unchanged from prior month but above year ago (1.5%). Japan's sorghum usage in feed rations stood at 2.5% for July, unchanged from June (2.5%) but down 0.6% points from the year prior (3.1% in July 2015)

SOYBEAN

- Sept 19 - Argentina grants export licenses for 150,840 MT of soybeans, 12,750 MT of soybean oil and 234,580 MT of soymeal

- US soybean export inspections for week, ending Sept 15, reported 755,120 MT, below the trade forecasts that ranged from 1.0 to 1.3 MMT. Inspections for the 2016/17 marketing year are running 112% ahead of year-ago

- USDA rated 73% of the US soybean crop in good to excellent condition as of Sept 18, as expected, unchanged from a week earlier and up compared to 63% a year-ago. USDA estimated 4% of the US soybean crop was harvested, matching analysts' forecasts of 4% (2-7% – range), but behind last year's pace of 6% and 5-year mean of 5%

- CNGOIC expects China's imports of soybeans in 2016/17 to reach 85 MMT, up from 83 MMT in the 2015/16 crop year that ends this month. CNGOIC estimates domestic crop grows by almost 13% to 13.1 MMT, the most in five years

- Surveyor Intertek Testing Services estimated Malaysia's September 1-20 palm oil exports at 914,264 MT down 11% from a month ago

- Surveyor SGS estimated Malaysia's September 1-20 palm oil exports at 917,288 MT down 12.2% from a month ago