WHEAT

- Aug 18 - Argentina registered 60,000 MT of wheat for export

- Aug 17 - Argentina registered 26,190 MT of wheat for export

- Iran Customs Administration has issued a directive to ban wheat import

- Syria said it has enough strategic wheat reserves to cover more than 6 months' needs

- According to TAXUD, the EU this season in period of July 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 exported 1.495 MMT of soft wheat compared to 3.716 MMT a year ago

- FranceAgriMer said that French farmers harvested 99% of soft wheat as of Aug 14 vs. 97% a week ago and 94% a year ago

- Russian farmers harvested 56.77 MMT of wheat from 48% of the planned area as of Aug 18, up from 52.71 MMT a year ago. Yields totalled 4.24 mt/ha up from 3.58 mt/ha a year ago

- Russian grain stocks were at 31.855 MMT as of August 1, 2017, down 0.7% from a year earlier (32.068 MMT as of Aug 1, 2016). The data does not include grain stored at small farms

- SovEcon raised its forecast for Russia's 2017/18 grain exports by 3.3 MMT to 43.6 MMT (incl. 32 MMT of wheat)

- According to Ukrainian Ag Min, farmers have completed this year's wheat harvest as of Aug 18 with 26.5 MMT and an average yield of 4.17 mt/ha

- Buenos Aires Grain Exchange trimmed its estimate of Argentine 2017/18 wheat crop area from 5.4 to 5.35 mln ha (5.1 mln ha in 2016/17). Exchange estimates 99.5% of the crop has been planted as of August 17 vs. 99.5% this time last year

CORN

- Aug 17 - Jordan bought 50,000 MT of optional-origin feed barley at 205.49 $/mt c&f from GTCS for Dec 1-15 shipment

- Aug 18 - China sold 494,714 MT of 2013, 2014 corn from state reserves, or 40.6% of the offered amount (1,218,024 MMT), at average price of 1,444 RMB/mt (216 $/mt)

- Aug 18 - Argentina registered 13,900 MT of malt for export

- Aug 17 - Argentina registered 59,532 MT of corn for export

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 imported 1.735 MMT of corn (maize) vs. 1.216 MMT a year ago

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 exported 32,553 MT of corn vs. 190,178 MT a year ago

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 exported 204,357 MT of barley vs. 1.096 MMT a year ago

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 exported 292,088 MT of malt in barley equivalent vs. 394,552 MT a year ago

- FranceAgriMer estimated French corn condition as of Aug 14 as 79% in good to excellent, unchanged from the prior week, but well above the year-ago score of 63%

- FranceAgriMer said that French farmers harvested 100% of spring barley as of Aug 14 vs. 99% a week ago and 94% a year ago

- Russian farmers harvested 11.32 MMT of barley from 42.7% of the planned area as of August 18, down from 13.22 MMT a year ago. Yields totalled 3.29 mt/ha up from 2.58 mt/ha a year ago

- Ukrainian farmers have started the 2017 corn harvest, threshing the first 200 MT as of Aug 18

- According to Ukrainian Ag Min, farmers have completed this year's barley harvest as of Aug 18 with 8.6 MMT and an average yield of 3.43 mt/ha

- According to Ukrainian Ag Min, farmers have completed this year's peas harvest as of Aug 18 with 1.1 MMT and an average yield of 2.67 mt/ha

- Japan's use of corn in animal feed fell to 46.8% in June from 46.9% in May but by 0.2% points above year-ago level (46.6% in June 2016). Its use of barley kept at 3.5%, up from 3.4% year-ago; while wheat usage left at 1.9% (1.8% a year-ago). Sorghum usage in feed rations declined to 2.2% in June (2.2% in May) from 2.5% a year ago

- Buenos Aires Grain Exchange maintains its forecast for Argentina's 2016/17 corn crop at 39 MMT, up 30% vs. 30 MMT in 2015/16. Harvesting of Argentine corn crop was 85.4% completed as of Aug 17 vs. last year’s pace of 85.1%

- Buenos Aires Grain Exchange maintains Argentina’s 2017/18 barley acreage estimate at 800,000 ha (850,000 ha in 2016/17). About 100% of the crop has been planted as of Aug 17 vs. 93.5% this time last year

- Argentina has agreed to allow imports of US pork for the first time in 25 years

- China launched an anti-dumping investigations into imports of Brazilian broiler chickens

- South Korea lifted a ban on imports of US poultry and eggs

SOYBEAN

- Aug 17 - USDA announced export sales of 165,000 MT of optional-origin soybeans for delivery to China during 2017/18

- Aug 18 - Argentina registered for export 180,080 MT of soymeal and 47,4 MT of soybean oil

- Aug 18 - Argentina registered 48,139 MT of sunflower oil for export

- Aug 17 - Argentina registered for export 30,000 MT of soybeans, 698,800 MT of soymeal and 78,550 MT of soybean oil

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 imported 1.655 MMT of soybeans vs. 1.955 MMT a year ago

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 imported 2.422 MMT of soymeal vs. 2.275 MMT a year ago

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 imported 27,039 MT of soybean oil vs. 33,803 MT a year ago

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 imported 172,955 MT of rapeseed vs. 68,353 MT a year ago

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 imported 10,867 MT of rapeseed meal vs. 20,759 MT a year ago

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 imported 14,141 MT of rapeseed oil vs. 12,810 MT a year ago

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 imported 32,580 MT of sunflowerseed vs. 99,177 MT a year ago

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 imported 443,282 MT of sunflower meal vs. 356,503 MT a year ago

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 imported 267,953 MT of sunflower oil vs. 189,698 MMT a year ago

- EU this season in period of Jul 1-Aug 15, 2017/18 imported 717,913 MT of palm oil vs. 736,546 MT a year ago

- Ukrainian farmers harvested 2.1 MMT of rapeseed from 98% of the planned area as of August 18, with yield at 2.76 mt/ha

- Russian farmers harvested 326,600 MT of rapeseed from 14.6% of the planned area as of August 18, up from 149,900 MT a year ago. Yields totalled 2.2 mt/ha vs. 1.5 mt/ha a year ago

- Buenos Aires Grain Exchange expects Argentina’s 2017/18 sunflower seed acreage will rise to 1.8 mln ha (1.7 mln ha in 2016/17). About 15.9% of the crop has been planted as of Aug 17 vs. 14.7% this time last year