WHEAT

- Jan 18 - Morocco's ONICL tenders to buy 363,636 MT of EU soft wheat under preferential tariff quota for arrival by Apr 30

- Jan 17 - Morocco's ONICL tenders to buy 363,636 MT of US soft wheat for arrival by Apr 30 and 327,273 MT of US durum for arrival by Dec 31 under preferential tariff quota

- Dec 29 - Egypt's GASC seeks an unspecified amount of wheat from global suppliers for Feb 1-10 shipment

- Dec 28 - Argentina grants export licenses for 354,950 MT of milling wheat

- Preliminary data indicated Russia's 2016 grain harvest at a record 119.1 MMT, up 13.6% from last year (104.8 MMT in 2015); including a record 73.3 MMT of wheat (61.8 MMT), 17.98 MMT of barley (17.5 MMT) and a record 13.8 MMT of corn (13.2 MMT)

- Turkish Statistical Institute estimated Turkey's 2016 wheat production at 20.6 MMT, down 8.8% on year

- Bulgaria's Ag Min estimated 2016 wheat harvest at 5.641 MMT, up from 5.012 MMT in 2015. They forecast Bulgaria's 2016/17 wheat exports at 4 MMT vs. 3.495 MMT in 2015/16 and ending stock at 200 TMT vs. 420 TMT last season

- Bulgaria's Ag Min said Bulgaria exported 1.28 MMT of wheat via port Varna between July 4-Dec 25, 2016/17, up 25.5% from a year-ago (1.02 MMT)

- Dec 29 - South Korea's Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp. purchased 126,151 MT of rice

CORN

- Dec 28 - Argentina grants export licenses for 323,000 MT of corn

- Dec 28 - Argentina grants export licenses for 116,000 MT of barley

- Zambia fighting to contain the spread of pests (armyworm) that have invaded maize fields in many parts of the country, in about six of Zambia's 10 provinces

- Turkish Statistical Institute estimated Turkey's 2016 barley production at 6.7 MMT, down 16.3% on year

- Bulgaria's Ag Min estimated 2016 barley harvest at 727 TMT, up from 698 TMT in 2015. They forecast Bulgaria's 2016/17 barley exports at 400 TMT vs. 445 TMT in 2015/16 and ending stock at 15 TMT vs. 0 TMT last season

- Bulgaria's Ag Min said Bulgaria exported 171,710 MT of corn via port Varna between Sept 1-Dec 25, 2016/17, down 39.9% from a year-ago (285,602 MT)

- Bulgaria's Ag Min said Bulgaria exported only 13,916 MT of barley via port Varna between July 4-Dec 25, 2016/17, down 88.3% from a year-ago (118,559 MT)

- China plans to boost its reserves of farm and arable land over the next three years. As part of its 2016-2020 five-year land management plan, the government said it will add 1.3 million hectares of arable land, partially replacing land lost over the past 13 years. China currently has about 124.3 mln ha of arable land and more than 100 mln ha of farmland

SOYBEAN

- Dec 28 - Argentina grants export licenses for 114,100 MT of soymeal and 30,000 MT of soybeans

- Preliminary data indicated Russia's 2016 sunflower harvest at a record 10.7 MMT, up 16% from last year (9.2 MMT in 2015)

- Preliminary data indicated Russia's 2016 soybean harvest at a record 3.1 MMT, up 14.5% from last year (2.7 MMT in 2015)

- Bulgaria's Ag Min estimated 2016 rapeseed harvest at 493 TMT, up from 422 TMT in 2015. They forecast Bulgaria's 2016/17 rapeseed exports at 510 TMT vs. 324 TMT in 2015/16 and ending stock at 2 TMT vs. 70 TMT last season

- Bulgaria's Ag Min said Bulgaria exported 53,901 MT of sunflower via port Varna between Sept 1-Dec 25, 2016/17, down 49.3% from a year-ago (106,276 MT)

- Bulgaria's Ag Min said Bulgaria exported 216,457 MT of rapeseed via port Varna between July 4-Dec 25, 2016/17, up 208.3% from a year-ago (70,207 MT)