WHEAT

- Apr 6 - Algeria's OAIC seeks at least 50,000 MT of optional-origin milling wheat for June shipment

- Argentina in March registered for export 975,408 MT of milling wheat and 54,203 MT of wheat flour

- Russian Ag Min estimated spring planting 2.4% (or 1.24 million ha) done as of Apr 4 vs. 1.05 million ha a year ago. Of the total Russian farmers planted 825,000 ha of spring grain or 2.7% of planned area (697,500 ha a year ago). Russian farmers have sown 34,600 ha of spring wheat or 0.3% of planned area as of April 4 vs. 14,100 ha a year ago

- Apr 5 - China auctioned 3,129 MT of imported wheat from state reserves, or 3.4% of the offered amount (91,401 MT), at average price of 2,554 RMB/mt (371 $/mt)

CORN

- Apr 5 - Japan received no offers for 120,000 MT of feed wheat and 200,000 MT of feed barley in a simultaneous buy and sell (SBS) auction. New SBS tender for the same amounts for each grain will be held on April 12

- Apr 4 - Argentina registered 150,000 MT of corn for export

- Apr 4 - Argentina grants export licenses for 20,000 MT of feed barley and 10,000 MT of malting barley

- Argentina in March registered 4.033 MMT of corn for export

- Argentina in March registered for export 337,000 MT of feed barley, 29,553 MT of malting barley and 40,957 MT of malt

- Argentina in March registered 30,488 MMT of sorghum for export

- Algeria will award new licences this month for the import of feed grains including barley, maize and soybean meal after restrictions that caused shortages on the local market

- About 330,000 MT of animal feed, incl. corn, will not be needed in France this year due to the bird flu outbreak that has led to the widespread culling of duck flocks

- FCStone kept its forecast for Brazil’s 2016/17 total corn production unchanged at 93.3 MMT. It pegged Brazil's 2016/17 corn exports at 28 MMT versus 18.9 MMT in the previous season

- Celeres kept its Brazil's 2016/17 total corn crop estimate at 97.71 MMT, unchanged from March

- Dr. Michael Cordonnier left his forecast of South America’s 2016/17 corn crop unchanged this week at 129.3 MMT compared to 97.2 MMT in 2015/16

- Ukraine’s Ag Min estimated early spring grain planting 66% done as of Apr 4. Ukrainian farmers planted 1.6 million ha of spring crops, thereof 1.1 million ha of barley (or 62% of planned area), 302,000 ha of peas (or 109%), 115,000 ha of oats (or 55%) and 105,000 ha of wheat (or 55%)

- Russian farmers have sown 409,400 ha of spring barley or 5.3% of planned area as of April 4 vs. 331,600 ha a year ago

SOYBEAN

- Apr 4 - Argentina registered for export 103,000 MT of soybeans, 150,000 MT of soymeal and 42,250 MT of soybean oil

- Argentina in March registered for export 744,700 MT of soybeans, 2.109 MMT of soymeal and 585,622 MT of soybean oil

- Argentina in March registered for export 59,990 MT of sunflower oil and 112,983 MT of sunflower meal

- FCStone raised its projection for the Brazilian 2016/17 soybean crop to 111.6 MMT from 109.08 MMT seen in March. The record crop will leave comfortable soy end stocks in the current season at close to 9 MMT compared with only 1.5 MMT in the previous season. FCStone has also raised its view for Brazilian soy exports in the 2016/17 crop year to 60 MMT from the 59 MMT projected in March

- Celeres raised its estimate of Brazil's soybean crop to 113.8 MMT from 109.65 MMT last month

- Dr. Michael Cordonnier raised his forecast of South America’s 2016/17 soybean crop this week by 1 MMT to 181.1 MMT (165.5 MMT in 2015/16) due to increase forecast for Brazil by 1 MMT to 109 MMT (95.5 MMT in 2015/16)

- Ukrainian farmers have sown 121,000 ha of sunflower or 2% of planned area as of April 4

- Russian farmers have sown 13,100 ha of sunflower or 0.2% of planned area as of April 4 vs. 7,100 ha a year ago

- Russia exported about 895,800 MT of sunflower oil between Sept 1-Mar 26, 2016/17, a 43.2%-increase from a year-ago

- Russia exported about 150,300 MT of sunseed between Sept 1-Mar 26, 2016/17, in 5.5 times up from a year-ago

- Russia exported about 240,700 MT of soybeans between Sept 1-Mar 26, 2016/17, down 27.8% from a year-ago