- Ethiopia (EGTE) announced an international tender on March 11, 2015, to purchase 400,000 tons (10 lots, 40,000 tons each) of wheat following the 200,000 tons of wheat it already purchased in December 2014. Out of the total amount of wheat that is going to be purchased, 50,000 tons is planned for this current fiscal year while the remaining amount is planned for the coming fiscal year.

Purchased in December 200,000 tons of wheat has already been shipped to the country. It was purchased from two companies, Promising International Trading, which won the bid to supply 80,000 tons (at 276.8 $/t and 276.4 $/t for two lots of 40,000 tons) and Hakan Agro Industry, which won the bid to supply the remaining 120,000 tons (at 287 $/t, 288 $/t and 289 $/t for each lot)

- India bought 70,000-80,000 tons of Australian prime wheat (the largest deal since 2010) at 260-265 $/t c&f for April-May shipment due to unseasonal rains damaged the local crop. Domestic stocks are huge but have quality issues

- USDA reported US all wheat stored in all positions on March 1, 2015 totaled 1.12 billion bushels (BB), up 6% from a year ago but slightly below the average trade estimate of 1.14 BB (range 1.083-1.200 BB)

- USDA said US all wheat planted area for 2015 is estimated at 55.367 million acres (MA), down 3% from 2014 and below average trade estimate of 55.796 MA (range 54.95 -56.8 MA). The 2015 winter wheat planted area, at 40.751 MA, is down 4% from last year but up less than 1% from the previous estimate and within trade estimate

- Apr 1 - Russia bought 26,460 tons of intervention grain (wheat). Making the total bought since Sept 30 at 516,760 tons, including wheat – 309,825 tons, barley – 113,650 tons and rye – 93,285 tons

- Russia's Ag Min said farmers planted 1.0 MH of spring grains through April 1, or 3.3% of the planned total planted area vs. 1.0 MH a year ago

- BayWa AG is seeking to become one of the world's five-largest grain traders as it expands operations in southern and eastern Europe. The company plans to increase trading of grain and feed products to 40 MMT by 2016, about a third higher than last year