- Argentina expected to release 2-3 MMT of corn export licenses next week

- COFCO estimated China's 2014/15 corn imports at 4.37 MMT, up from 2.3 MMT in 2013/14

- Safras e Mercado said Brazilian first corn crop is 61.4% harvested vs. 73.7% a year ago

- FranceAgriMer said 2% of France's expected area under corn was sown as of Apr 6 vs. 10% a year ago

- USDA said the US corn crop 2% planted as of Apr 12 vs. 3% a year ago, and vs. 5% on average

- US corn export inspections for week, ending Apr 9, reported 855,766 tons, within trade expectations of 800,000-950,000 tons

- USDA estimated US sorghum planting 16% complete as of Apr 12, compared to 19% last year and a 20% five-year average

- USDA confirmed the first case of avian flu (H5N2) in a commercial chicken flock in Jefferson County Wisconsin