WHEAT

- Apr 26 - Algeria's OAIC seeks at least 50,000 MT of optional-origin durum wheat for June shipment

- Apr 26 - Israeli group seeks 45,000 MT of optional-origin feed wheat for May-August shipments

- Apr 21 - Argentina registered for export 95,000 MT of wheat and 3,335 MT of wheat flour

- Malaysia recently purchased an unknown volume of Moldavian feed wheat at about 212 $/mt c&f for May shipment in containers

- US wheat export inspections for week, ending Apr 20, recorded 612,536 MT, just topped market expectations (400-600 TMT). Inspections for 2016/17 are running 31.8% ahead of year-ago

- MARS raised its yield forecast for this year's EU soft wheat to 6.05 mt/ha from 6.02 mt/ha prior month, up 8.2% from last year and 3.5% above the five-year mean

- Egypt has enough strategic wheat reserves to cover 2.6 months' needs and expects to buy about 3.8 MMT of wheat from local farmers this season

- USDA attaché forecasts that Moroccan wheat production would rise in 2017/18 to 6.25 MMT (incl. 4.59 MMT of soft wheat and 1.66 MMT of durum) from 2.731 MMT (1.856 MMT of soft and 875 TMT of durum) in 2016/17. 2017/18 wheat imports in Morocco are expected to decline to 5.1 MMT from 5.5 MMT in 2016/17

- USDA attaché forecasts that Uruguayan wheat production for 2017/18 to drop significantly to 660,000 MT due to expected tight returns (780 TMT in 2016/17). As a result, exports will drop considerably to only 200,000 MT (400 TMT in 2016/17)

CORN

- Apr 26 - Israeli group seeks 100,000 MT of optional-origin corn for June-August shipments

- Apr 26 - Israeli group seeks 30,000 MT of optional-origin feed barley for May-August shipments

- Apr 26 - Taiwan's MFIG seeks up to 65,000 MT of corn from the US, Argentina, Brazil or South Africa for July shipment

- South Korea's Feed Leaders Committee (FLC) in a deal late last week bought 65,000 MT of optional-origin corn at 187.5 $/mt c&f plus a 1.0 $/mt surcharge for additional port unloading for August 15 arrival

- Apr 21 - Argentina registered 115,000 MT of corn for export

- US corn export inspections for week, ending Apr 20, reported 1,453,506 MT, topped market forecasts (1.0-1.3 MMT). Inspections for 2016/17 are running 62.2% ahead of year-ago

- MARS raised its yield forecast for this year's EU corn to 7.13 mt/ha from 7.12 mt/ha last month, down 0.8% from 2016 (7.19 mt/ha), but 3.3% above the five-year average

- MARS increased its yield estimate for this year's EU barley (winter and spring) to 4.9 mt/ha from 4.89 mt/ha last month, up 0.5% from last year (4.87 mt/ha) and 1.5% above the 5-year average

- USDA attaché forecasts that Moroccan barley production would rise in 2017/18 to 2.05 MMT from 620 TMT in 2016/17. 2017/18 barley imports in Morocco are expected to decline to 250 TMT from 800 TMT in 2016/17. From July 2016 to January 2017 and according to Office des Changes data, Morocco imported 339,903 MT, an increase of 49%, compared to the same period in the previous year. France and Ukraine supplied about 88% of Morocco’s barley imports for the mentioned period

- Mali expects grain production in the 2017/18 season to rise by about 11% to 9.8 MMT, incl. rice to 3.02 MMT (+8.5%), corn to 2.91 MMT (+3.7%), millet to 2.11 MMT (+17.1%) and sorghum to 1.7 (+22.3%)

SOYBEAN

- Apr 21 - Argentina registered for export 100,004 MT of soybeans, 62,160 MT of soymeal and 27,863 MT of soybean oil

- US soybean export inspections for week, ending Apr 20, reported 634,877 MT, above market expectations that ranged from 400 to 600 TMT. Inspections for the 2016/17 marketing year are running 14.5% ahead of year-ago

- USDA attaché forecasts that Paraguayan soybean production in 2017/18 to fall to 9.4 MMT (10.2 MMT in 2016/17). 2017/18 soybean exports and crush are forecast to decline to 5.6 and 3.8 MMT, respectively, due to lower supplies. 2016/17 soybean exports and crush are estimated at 6.25 and 3.975 MMT. Also 2017/18 exports of soymeal and soybean oil are forecast to drop to 2.725 MMT from 3 MMT in 2016/17 and to 680 TMT from 725 TMT, respectively

- MARS lowered its yield forecast for this year's EU rapeseed to 3.27 mt/ha from 3.29 mt/ha last month, but up 5.9% from 2016 (3.09 mt/ha) and 0.4% above the 5-year average

- MARS left its yield forecast for this year's EU sunflower seed at 2.1 mt/ha unchanged from last month, up 3.3% from 2016 (2.03 mt/ha) and 8.4% above the 5-year average (1.94 mt/ha)