WHEAT

- Oct 25 - Japan seeks 104,673 MT of food wheat for Nov-Jan shipments:

  • 13,950 MT of western white US wheat;
  • 20,490 MT of hard red winter US wheat;
  • 35,078 MT of dark northern spring US wheat;
  • 35,155 MT of Canadian western red spring wheat

- Oct 24 - Tunisia's state grains agency seeks 50,000 MT of optional-origin durum wheat and 125,000 MT of soft wheat for Jan-Feb shipment

- Oct 24 - Jordan seeks 120,000 MT of optional-origin hard milling wheat

- Oct 23 - Algeria’s OAIC seeks at least 50,000 MT of milling wheat for December shipment

- Oct 18 - Japan bought 127,688 MT of food wheat for Nov-Jan shipments:

  • 13,055 MT of western white US wheat;
  • 46,585 MT of hard red winter US wheat;
  • 35,088 MT of Canadian western red spring wheat
  • 32,960 MT of Australian standard white wheat

- Oct 15 - Syria's Hoboob bought 200,000 MT of Russian soft wheat at 255 $/mt c&f through Middle East companies

- Oct 23 - China auctioned 11,735 MT of imported 2013 wheat from state reserves, or 1.4% of the offered amount at average price of 2,152 RMB/mt (310 $/mt)

- Oct 22 - China auctioned 35,478 MT of imported 2013 wheat from state reserves, or 4.2% of the offered amount at average price of 2,175 RMB/mt (314 $/mt)

- Oct 18 - China auctioned 6,451 MT of imported 2013 wheat from state reserves, or 0.8% of the offered amount at average price of 2,134 RMB/mt (308 $/mt)

- Morocco will suspend customs duty on soft wheat from Nov 1 until Dec 31 and will impose a 30% duty starting on Jan 1, 2019, versus a 135% tax currently

- Weekly US wheat export sales data for week ended Oct 11 totalled 476,000 MT for 2018/19 (within trade expectations for 300-600 TMT). Export commitments for 2018/19 are running 18% behind of year-ago

- US wheat export inspections for week, ending Oct 18, recorded 385,047 MT, within trade expectations (300-500 TMT). Inspections for 2018/19 are running 24.2% behind of year-ago

- USDA said the US winter wheat crop 72% planted as of Oct 21, behind average of analysts’ expectations of 76%, also below last-year score (73%) and 5-year mean (77%)

- Russia’s Ag Min said Russia exported 17.744 MMT of grain between July 1-Oct 18, 2018/19, up 21.4% from 14.615 MMT a year ago, including:

  • wheat – 15.173 MMT (up 34.3% from year ago);
  • barley – 1.893 MMT (down by 13.7%);
  • corn – 512,000 MT (twice down)

- Russia has 3,390,200 MT of grain in its federal intervention fund as of Oct 19 vs. 3,398,600 MT last week and 3,967,600 MT year ago

- Ukraine’s Ag Min increased its 2018 grain production estimate from 63.1 to 64.0 MMT, due to a stronger-than-expected corn harvest; 2018/19 grain exports are seen at 42.5 MMT, up from 39.4 MMT last season

- Ukraine is reviewing its wheat standards, reducing the number of wheat classes to four from the current six According to proposals, soft wheat will have three milling wheat classes and one feed wheat class. The first class wheat should have at least 14% protein; the second class – at least 12.5%; the third class – at least 11%. All other wheat will be determined as feed wheat

- Ukrainian farms have sown as of Oct 23 a total of 6.8 million hectares of winter grains for the 2019 harvest, or 95% of the expected area of 7.2 million, incl. 5.9 million hectares of winter wheat and 819,000 hectares of winter barley

- Ukrainian grain stocks were at 22.057 MMT as of October 1, up 3.5% from a year earlier, incl. 12.276 MMT of wheat (14.032 MMT a year ago), 2.483 MMT of barley (2.38 MMT a year ago) and 5.823 MMT of corn (3.057 MMT a year ago). The data does not include grain stored at small farms

- FranceAgriMer estimated winter wheat planting 32% done as of October 14, behind of last year’s pace of 39%

- Japan's September grain imports fell 8.2% on year to 1.9 MMT, incl. 1.432 MMT from the US (up by 0.2%)

CORN

- Oct 24 - Tunisia's state grains agency seeks 100,000 MT of optional-origin feed barley for Nov 15-Jan 5 shipment

- Oct 23 - South Korea’s Major Feedmill Group (MFG) purchased about 138,000 MT of optional-origin corn:

  • 69 TMT of corn from Olam at 205.25 $/mt c&f including a surcharge for additional port unloading for March 8 arrival,
  • 69 TMT of corn from ADM at 206 $/mt c&f + 1.25 $/mt surcharge for additional port unloading for March 18 arrival

- Oct 23 - Jordan bought 60,000 MT of optional-origin feed barley from GTCS at 274.5 $/mt c&f for Feb 1-14 shipment

- Oct 19 - China sold 1,202,962 MT of corn from state reserves, or 30% of the offered amount, at average price of 1,441 RMB/mt (208 $/mt)

- Oct 18 - China sold 3,221,204 MT of corn from state reserves, or 81.1% of the offered amount, at average price of 1,557 RMB/mt (224 $/mt)

- Weekly US corn export sales data for week ended Oct 4 totalled 382,500 MT for 2018/19 (well below expectations for 0.8-1.3 MMT). Export commitments for 2018/19 are running 41% ahead of year-ago

- US corn export inspections for week, ending Oct 18, reported 949,168 MT, near the lower end of market expectations (0.9-1.2 MMT). Inspections for 2018/19 are running 72% ahead of year-ago

- USDA rated 68% of the US corn crop in good-to-excellent condition as of Oct 21, unchanged from prior week, ahead analysts’ expectations of 67% and better than last year’s 66%. USDA estimated 49% of the US corn crop was harvested, behind analysts' forecasts of 51%, but above last year’s pace (37%) and the 5-year mean (47%)

- Ukrainian farmers harvested 19.5 MMT of corn from 62% of planned area as of Oct 23, yields totalled 6.82 mt/ha

- FranceAgriMer estimated France’s corn condition as of October 14 as 57% in good to excellent, unchanged from prior week, but below the year-ago score of 81%. French farmers harvested 81% of corn as of Oct 14 vs. 65% a week ago and 47% a year ago

- FranceAgriMer estimated winter barley planting 44% done as of October 14, behind of last year’s pace of 54%

- China imported 40,000 MT of corn in September, down 83.4% from a year ago

- China's September2018 barley imports fell 27.1% on year to 680,000 MT

- China imported 90,000 MT of sorghum in September, down 76.9% on year

- Japan's use of corn in animal feed totalled 47.8% in August 2018, down 0.3% point from prior month but by 1.2% points above year-ago level (46.6% in Aug 2017). Its use of barley fell to 3.5% down from 3.6% in July and a year ago; while wheat usage also trimmed by 0.1% point from prior month to 1.7% (2% year-ago). Sorghum usage in feed rations rose by 0.1% point to 2.4% in Aug, also up vs. 2.1% a year ago

SOYBEAN

- Oct 24 - Egypt's GASC seeks 10,000 MT optional-origin sunoil and 30,000 MT soyoil for Dec 1-15 arrival

- Oct 19 - USDA announced cancellations of export sales of 180,000 MT of US soybeans for delivery to unknown destinations during 2018/19

- Weekly US soybeans export sales data for week ended Oct 11 totalled 295,600 MT, incl. 293,600 MT for 2018/19 (well below trade expectations for 600-1000 TMT). Export commitments for 2018/19 are running 21% behind of year-ago

- Weekly US soymeal export sales data for week ended Oct 11 of 104,300 MT, incl. 104,100 MT for 2018/19, below trade expectations of 150-450 TMT. Export commitments for 2018/19 are running 12% ahead of year-ago

- US soybean export inspections for week, ending Oct 18, reported 1,148,566 MT, within trade estimates (900-1200 TMT). Inspections for the 2018/19 marketing year are running 39.7% behind of year-ago

- USDA rated 66% of the country’s soybeans in good or excellent condition as of Oct 21, unchanged from prior week, ahead market expectations of 65% and better than last year’s 61%. USDA estimated 53% of the US soybean crop was harvested, ahead analysts' forecasts (52%), but below last year’s pace (67%) and the 5-year mean (69%)

- Japan's September soybean imports fell 10.9% on year to 173,459 MT, incl. 104,289 MT from the US (down by 14%)

- Ukrainian farmers harvested 12.8 MMT of sunflower seed from 95% of planned area as of Oct 23, yields totalled 2.23 mt/ha

- Ukrainian farmers harvested 3.9 MMT of soybeans from 89% of planned area as of Oct 23, yields totalled 2.54 mt/ha

- Ukrainian farmers have completed winter rapeseed sowing for the 2019 harvest at 1 million hectares (114% of plan) as of Oct 23

- Ukrainian sunflower stocks were at 6.736 MMT as of October 1, up 15.6% from a year earlier (5.826 MMT). The data does not include grain stored at small farms

- Ukrainian September sunflower oil production was reported at 422 TMT, up 404.4% from prior month and up 24.5% from last year. Jan-Sept 2018 sunoil production totalled 3.2 MMT, down 13.7% from the same period in 2017

- Russia produced 3.1 MMT of sunflower oil during first nine months of 2018, down 2.9% from the same period last year

- China has dropped a ban on rapeseed meal imports from India as the government seeks to diversify sources of protein used in animal feed

- Surveyor Intertek Testing Services estimated Malaysia's October 1-20 palm oil exports at 811,012 MT down 26% from a month ago

- Surveyor AmSpec Agri Malaysia estimated Malaysia's October 1-20 palm oil exports at 890,622 MT down 15.3% from a month ago

- Surveyor SGS estimated Malaysia's October 1-20 palm oil exports at 912,492 MT down 16.7% from a month ago