- China imported 602,947 tons of corn in February, up 26% from a year ago. China imported 574,000 tons of corn from Ukraine in February, nearly triple the level taken in the same month a year ago. China imported 1.04 MMT of corn from Ukraine in Jan-Feb, more than five times the shipments in the same period last year

- China's imports of DDGs fell 79% in February from a year ago to 80,266 tons

- Ukraine's Ag Min said Ukraine has exported 26.129 MMT of grain between July 1, 2014 – Mar 19, 2015 including wheat – 9.547 MMT, corn – 12.312 MMT and barley – 4.007 MMT

- Mexico's Ag Min estimated Mexico's 2014/15 corn crop at 24 MMT, up about 6% compared to the previous harvest. Production growth includes about 2 MMT in additional yellow corn output, which will allow the country to lower imports by 16%, or 1.5 MMT. Nearly 90% of total expected output in 2014/15 will be white corn (for human consumption), while the remaining 3 MMT will be yellow corn (for animal feed)

- Informa Economics estimated US 2015 corn plantings at 88.537 million acres, down from January estimate of 88.612 million acres

- Farm Futures magazine estimated US 2015 corn plantings at 88.34 million acres

- Informa Economics projected US 2015 sorghum plantings at 8.170 million acres

- Weekly US corn export sales data for week ended Mar 12 – 567,100 tons (incl. 502,300 for 2014/15) vs. expected 500,000-700,000 tons

- Vietnam allows GM corn to boost yields, cut imports. Three varieties of GM corn will be planted nationwide. Last year Vietnam imported 4.8 MMT of corn, up 19.3% from 2013, mainly from Brazil, India, Argentina, Thailand and Cambodia

- South Africa is importing corn for the first time in 11 months as the worst drought since 1992 destroyed crops. Three shipments of 30,000 tons each from the Latin America are en route to Cape Town. Grain SA estimated that South Africa need to import 934,000 tons of yellow corn in the year through to the end of March 2016

- EU in week ended March 17 granted licences to export 156 KMT of corn, bringing the total this season to 2.235 MMT vs. 2.254 MMT a year ago

- EU in week ended March 17 awarded 196 KMT of corn (maize) certificates, taking the volume so far this season to 6.713 MMT vs. 9.612 MMT a year ago