WHEAT

- Apr 20 - Argentina registered 60,572 MT of wheat for export

- Russia’s Ag Min said Russia exported about 29.789 MMT of grain between July 1-Apr 19, 2016/17, down by 0.5% from 29.951 MMT a year ago, including:

  • wheat – 23.003 MMT (21.76 MMT a year ago);
  • barley – 2.43 MMT (4.04 MMT);
  • corn – 4.146 MMT (3.885 MMT);
  • others – 210 TMT (266 TMT)

- Russia has 4,003,500 MT of grain in its federal intervention fund as of April 21 vs. 3,224,800 MT a year-ago

- Russian Ag Min estimated spring planting 11.4% (or 5.99 million ha) done as of Apr 21 vs. 6.88 million ha a year ago. Of the total Russian farmers planted 3.43 million ha of spring grain or 11.1% of planned area (4.22 mln ha a year ago). Russian farmers have sown 407,500 ha of spring wheat or 3% of planned area as of April 21 vs. 478,400 ha a year ago

- Russian Ag Min expects that in 2017 wheat harvest will reach 63.7 MMT, 13% less than the result of 2016

- FranceAgriMer said 85% of France’s soft wheat crops were in good to excellent condition as of Apr 17, down 4% points from the prior week and vs. 90% a year ago; durum rating at 75% in good to excellent vs. 78% a week-ago and vs. 84% a year-ago

- Argentina's Ag Min kept its 2016/17 wheat production estimate at 18.39 MMT, unchanged from March, and up 62.7% from 11.3 MMT in 2015/16. Wheat exports in 2016/17 (Dec-Nov) is expected to rise to 11.3 MMT from 8.8 MMT in previous season

- Stats Canada estimates Canada’s 2017 total wheat plantings at 23.2 million acres/9.38 mln ha, relatively unchanged from the area seeded in 2016, but above average expectation of 22.4 million

- USDA attaché forecasts Australia’s 2017/18 wheat production at 25 MMT, down 28.6% from last year’s record high of 35 MMT, with exports at 18 MMT, down from 23 MMT in 2016/17

- UK exported 99,133 MT of wheat in February, more than 91,137 MT in January but down 67% from a year-ago, including 26,658 MT to Belgium-Luxembourg, 22,206 MT to Netherlands, 17,362 MT to Spain and 15,751 MT to the US. Cumulative exports for the season, which started on July 1, 2016, totalled 1.261 MMT, down from 1.603 MT during the same period prior season

- UK imported 136,753 MT of wheat in February, down from 151,887 MT in January but up 57% from a year-ago, including 40,475 MT from Latvia, 40,333 MT from Canada and 25,675 MT from Germany. Britain’s Jul-Feb wheat imports totalled 1.129 MMT, up from 1.033 MMT a year ago

- Iraq's state grains buyer bought 60,000 MT (2x30 TMT) of Uruguayan rice at 541 $/mt and 545 $/mt c&f free out

CORN

- Apr 25 - Turkey's TMO seeks up to 44,000 MT of corn from the EU (3x12 TMT) and Moldova (8 TMT) for April 28-May 10 shipment

- Apr 21 - South Korea’s KFA (Korean Feed Association) bought 60,000 MT of optional origin corn from C.J. International at 184.98 $/mt c&f plus 1.0 $/mt surcharge for additional port unloading for Sep 10 arrival

- Apr 20 - Argentina registered 221,900 MT of corn for export

- Apr 20 - Argentina registered 20,000 MT of malting barley for export

- Zambia will allow monitored maize exports this year as the country expects to have a surplus of the crop. Zambia's maize crop is expected to be above the 2.87 MMT produced last year, while its annual consumption is 1.8 MMT

- Stats Canada expects country’s 2017 corn for grain plantings at 3.75 million acres/1.52 mln ha, an increase of 12.8% over 2016 and above average expectation of 3.2 million acres

- Stats Canada estimates Canada’s 2017 barley plantings at 5.88 million acres/2.38 mln ha, below avg expectation of 6 mln acres and down 8% from 2016; oat plantings at 3.42 million acres/1.38 mln ha, above expectation (3.2 mln acres) and up 20.6% from a year ago

- Stats Canada estimates Canada’s 2017 lentils plantings at 4.39 million acres/1.78 mln ha, below avg expectation of 5.1 mln acres and down 25.2% from 2016; peas plantings at 3.99 million acres/1.62 mln ha, below expectation (4.3 mln acres) and down 5.9% from a year ago

- Argentina's Ag Min left its corn acreage estimate for the 2016/17 at 7.3 mln ha/18.04 mln acres, incl. 5.8 mln ha/14.33 mln acres under corn for grain, up 5.8% from 6.9 mln ha (incl. 5.4 mln ha for grain) in 2015/16

- Buenos Aires Grain Exchange maintains its forecast for Argentina's 2016/17 corn crop at 37 MMT, up 23.3% vs. 30 MMT in 2015/16. Harvesting of Argentine corn crop was 22.6% completed as of Apr 20 vs. last year’s pace of 20.8%

- Argentina's Ag Min kept its barley production forecast for the 2016/17 at 3.3 MMT, down 32.7% from 4.9 MMT in 2015/16. Barley exports in 2016/17 (Dec-Nov) is expected to fall to 1.5 MMT from 3.1 MMT in previous season

- Argentina's Ag Min lowered its 2016/17 sorghum planting area estimate to 876,000 ha/2.165 mln acres from 879,000 ha in March, but up 3.1% from last year (850,000 ha)

- Buenos Aires Grain Exchange forecasts Argentine 2016/17 sorghum crop at 3.2 MMT, down 6% from 2015/16 crop (3.4 MMT). Harvesting of Argentine sorghum crop was 27.4% completed as of Apr 20 vs. last year’s pace of 23.7%

- Ukraine’s Ag Min estimated early spring grain planting 95% done as of Apr 21. Ukrainian farmers planted 2.2 million ha of spring crops, thereof 1.5 million ha of barley (or 92% of planned area), 373,000 ha of peas (well above initial plan), 193,000 ha of oats (or 93%) and 158,000 ha of wheat (or 88%)

- Ukrainian farmers have sown 549,000 ha of corn or 12% of planned area as of April 21

- Russian farmers have sown 1.64 million ha of spring barley or 21.3% of planned area as of April 21 vs. 2.13 million ha a year ago

- Russian farmers have sown 706,700 ha of corn or 23.1% of planned area as of April 21 vs. 812,900 ha a year ago

- FranceAgriMer estimated France’s corn planting 57% done as of Apr 17 (31% week ago), well ahead of last year pace of 9%

- FranceAgriMer said 78% of France’s winter barley crops were in good to excellent condition as of Apr 17, down 4% points from the prior week and below the year-ago score (90%). Spring barley rating was at 85% in good to excellent vs. 86% last week and vs. 94% a year ago

- USDA attaché forecasts Australia’s 2017/18 barley production at 8.5 MMT, down 36.6% from last year’s record high of 13.414 MMT, with exports at 5.5 MMT, down from 8.5 MMT in 2016/17

- USDA attaché expects Australia’s 2017/18 sorghum production at 0.8 MMT, down 33.3% from last year’s 1.2 MMT, with exports at 400,000 MT, unchanged from 2016/17

- UK corn imports declined in February to 175,597 MT from 184,798 MT in January but up 14% from a year-ago, including 32,311 MT from Ireland, 31,544 MT from Romania, 26,250 MT from Bulgaria, and 26,153 MT from Poland. Britain’s Jul-Feb corn imports totalled 1.251 MMT vs. 1.256 MMT a year ago

- UK exported 64,046 MT of barley in February, up from 60,484 MT in January and by 70% below year-ago level. Top customers included Portugal (16,455 MT) and Spain (11,380 MT). Cumulative barley exports for 2016/17 totalled 797,663 MT compared to 1.248 MMT in Jul-Feb 2015/16

SOYBEAN

- Mar 21 - USDA announced export sales of 146,000 MT of US soybeans for delivery to unknown destinations during 2016/17

- Apr 20 - Argentina registered for export 100,000 MT of soybeans and 36,012 MT of soybean oil

- Apr 20 - Argentina registered 24,750 MT of sunflower meal for export

- Stats Canada expects country’s 2017 canola plantings at a potential record-high 22.39 million acres/9.06 mln ha up 9.9% from 2016 and above an average of expectations 21.3 million

- Stats Canada estimates country’s 2017 soybean plantings at a record 6.96 million acres/2.82 mln ha, above avg expectation of 5.9 mln acres and up 27.2% from 2016; flaxseed plantings at 1.1 million acres/450,000 ha, as expected, up 19.3% from a year ago

- Argentina's Ag Min kept 2016/17 soybean acreage estimate at 19.42 million hectares/47.99 mln acres, down 5.2% from 20.48 mln ha in 2015/16

- Buenos Aires Grain Exchange kept its Argentina's 2016/17 soybean harvest estimate at 56.5 MMT, up from 56 MMT in 2015/16. Harvesting of Argentine soybean crop was 16.3% completed as of Apr 20 vs. last year’s pace of 16.4%

- Argentina's Ag Min kept its sunseed production forecast for the 2016/17 at 3.3 MMT, up 10% from 3 MMT in 2015/16. Estimate for sunseed crush in 2016/17 (Jan-Dec 2017) was increased to 3.2 MMT from 3.1 MMT in March and vs. 2.75 MMT previous season

- Ukrainian farmers have sown 1.6 million ha of sunflower or 29% of planned area as of April 21

- Ukrainian farmers have sown 55,000 ha of soybeans or 3% of planned area as of April 21

- Ukrainian March sunoil production was reported at 517 TMT, up from 448 TMT in February and up 36.7% from last year

- Russian farmers have sown 924,800 ha of sunflower or 12.9% of planned area as of April 21 vs. 969,900 ha a year ago

- Russian farmers have sown 39,600 ha of rapeseed or 4.5% of planned area as of April 21 vs. 39,300 ha a year ago

- Russian farmers have sown 47,400 ha of soybeans or 2.1% of planned area as of April 21 vs. 54,200 ha a year ago

- Russia exported about 971,100 MT of sunflower oil between Sept 1-Apr 9, 2016/17, a 39.2%-increase from a year-ago

- Russia exported about 167,500 MT of sunseed between Sept 1-Apr 9, 2016/17, in 5.7 times up from a year-ago

- Russia exported about 261,200 MT of soybeans between Sept 1-Apr 9, 2016/17, down 26.6% from a year-ago