WHEAT

- Dec 20 - Egypt's GASC seeks an unspecified amount of wheat from global suppliers for Jan 20-31 shipment

- Dec 21 - Taiwan Flour Millers' Association seeks 93,125 MT of US milling wheat for Feb-March shipment

- US wheat export inspections for week, ending Dec 15, recorded 478,213 MT, near the top end of expectations (300-500 TMT). Inspections for 2016/17 are running 26.9% ahead of year-ago

- Russian grain stocks were at 45.018 MMT as of December 1, up 11.1% from a year earlier (40.518 MMT as of Dec 1, 2015). The data does not include grain stored at small farms

CORN

- Dec 19 - USDA announced export sales of 128,000 MT of US corn for delivery to Japan during 2016/17

- Dec 19 - Argentina grants export licenses for 16,280 MT of corn and 8,400 MT of sorghum

- US corn export inspections for week, ending Dec 15, reported 769,008 MT, below market forecasts (800-1000 TMT). Inspections for 2016/17 are running 80% ahead of year-ago

- AgRural expects Brazil's 2016/17 winter corn crop at a record 59.9 MMT, up from 40.7 MMT in the previous season. The country's total corn crop is projected at 88.3 MMT, an increase of 33% compared with 2015/16

- Japan's use of corn in animal feed rose to 46% in October from 45.9% in September and above year-ago level (45.9% in Oct 2015). Its use of barley was steady at 3.4%, unchanged from month ago and year-ago; while wheat usage left at 1.9% but above year-ago (1.7%). Japan's sorghum usage in feed rations stood at 2.5% for October, unchanged from September but down 0.6% points from the year prior (3.1% in Oct 2015)

- Hong Kong authorities have confirmed the first human bird flu infection for this season after an elderly man who had recently travelled to mainland China was diagnosed with the deadly H7N9 virus strain

SOYBEAN

- Dec 19 - USDA announced export sales of 264,000 MT of US soybeans for delivery to China during 2016/17

- Dec 19 - Argentina grants export licenses for 639,000 MT of soymeal and 11,200 MT of soybean oil

- US soybean export inspections for week, ending Dec 15, reported 1,731,565 MT, near the top end of expectations that ranged from 1.5 to 1.8 MMT. Inspections for the 2016/17 marketing year are running 19.5% ahead of year-ago

- Surveyor Intertek Testing Services estimated Malaysia's December 1-20 palm oil exports at 629,043 MT down 14.4% from a month ago

- Surveyor SGS estimated Malaysia's December 1-20 palm oil exports at 606,937 MT down 16.9% from a month ago

- Malaysia will raise its crude palm export tax to 7% in January, up from 6% in December. Malaysia calculated a reference price of 3,119.48 MYR/mt (696.6 $/mt) for January