WHEAT

- Nov 23 - Argentina grants export licenses for 51,429 MT of low protein wheat

- Nov 22 - Japan's Ag Min purchased about 20,300 MT of optional-origin feed wheat for arrival by December 31

- Egypt seizes 18,000 MT of Russian wheat unfit for human consumption

- South Africa's Crop Estimates Committee (CEC) raised its winter wheat production forecast for this year to 1.766 MMT from 1.734 MMT in prior month, up 22.7% over the previous season's crop of 1.44 MMT

CORN

- Nov 23 - Argentina grants export licenses for 44,800 MT of corn

- Nov 23 - Argentina grants export licenses for 20,000 MT of barley

- Chinese northeast provinces have acquired 14.67 MMT of new crop corn as of November 20, including: Inner Mongolia (1.71 MMT), Liaoning (4.04 MMT), Jilin (2.58 MMT), Heilongjiang (6.34 MMT)

- US EPA finalized its volume 2017 renewable fuels requirements at 19.28 bln gallons total (18.8 bln proposed in May and 18.11 bln in 2016) including 15 bln gallons corn based ethanol (14.8 bln proposed in May) and 311 mln gallons of cellulosic biofuel (312 mln) and a 2.0 bln gallons biodiesel mandate, a 2018 for biodiesel was set at 2.1 bln gallons, as proposed earleir

- US Ethanol production for the week ended Nov 18 decreased by 3,000 barrels to 1,014,000 barrels per day, up 0.6% from last year's level of 1,008,000 bpd. Stocks rose by 343,000 barrels from the week prior to 18.952 million barrels, down 3.4% vs. 19.627 million barrels a year ago

- Mali has produced a record grain crop of 8.96 MMT for the 2016/17 season, an increase of 11% from previous year (8.05 MMT in 2015/16), incl. 2.53 MMT of corn (2.28 MMT a year ago), 2.81 MMT of rice (2.33 MMT), 1.93 MMT of millet (1.86 MMT) and 1.64 MMT of sorghum (1.53 MMT)

- CEC raised its forecast of S. Africa's 2016 malting barley to 309,815 MT from 299,895 MT last month (332,000 MT in 2015)

- Russia reported two outbreaks of highly contagious H5 bird flu virus among backyard birds in the south-western part of the country

- A case of H5N8 bird flu has been confirmed in the German state of Lower Saxony and about 16,000 turkeys on the farm will now be culled

SOYBEAN

- Nov 23 - Argentina grants export licenses for 174,157 MT of soymeal and 21,736 MT of soybean oil

- GAPKI expects Indonesia's production and exports of palm oil to decline 10-15% this year. According to GAPKI, Indonesia produced 35.51 MMT of the edible oil in 2015