- Apr 16 - USDA announced 108,000 tons of US sorghum sold to unknown destinations for 2015/16 shipment

- China could double its subsidies this year to corn processors in the main producing area in the northeast in a bid to help the loss-making industry and stimulate consumption. Corn processors with a capacity of more than 100,000 tons a year would be offered a subsidy of 200 yuan ($32) per ton double that offered last year. Corn consumption by the industry fell 5.2% in 2013/14 to 47.6 MMT, the biggest drop in five years, after the government introduced its stockpile scheme, aiming to boost rural incomes and support domestic prices, which are now more than 30% higher than global prices

- Ukrainian state corporation GPZCU plans exports above 3.5 MMT grains by the end of 2015 as part of a contract with a Chinese corporation CCEC. In general, GPZCU has to supply 5.0 MMT of Ukrainian grain in 2015/16 (July-June) via contract

- Ukraine's Ag Min said Ukraine has exported 27.704 MMT of grain between July 1, 2014 – Apr 9, 2015 including wheat – 9.828 MMT, corn – 13.417 MMT and barley – 4.255 MMT

- Ukraine grain stocks at 16,2 MMT as of Apr 1, up 33% from a year earlier, incl. 5.3 MMT of wheat, 1.2 MMT of barley and 8.9 MMT of corn. The data does not include grain stored at small farms

- EU in week ended Apr 14 granted licences to export 66 KMT of corn, bringing the total this season to 2.581 MMT vs. 2.346 MMT a year ago

- EU in week ended Apr 14 awarded 206 KMT of corn (maize) import certificates, taking the volume so far this season to 7.349 MMT vs. 11.348 MMT a year ago

- Weekly US corn export sales data for week ended Apr 9 – 616,700 tons, incl. 588,200 tons for 2014/15 vs. expected 400,000-600,000 tons and 28,500 tons for 2015/16 vs. expected 0-100,000 tons

- US ethanol production plants have idled for seasonal maintenance earlier this year than in 2014, as argins languish near break-even levels and inventories hover near 2012 highs

- Higher-than-accepted mycotoxin levels were detected on imported DDGS from US at some Chinese ports, leading to modest (1-2%) price cuts this week to 305 $/t for June ship

- Argentina's Rosario Grain Exchange raised its estimate of Argentina's corn crop to 25.7 MMT from 23.5 MMT previously

- Buenos Aires Grains Exchange said Argentine corn harvest is 24.1% complete vs. 17.1% a week ago and vs. 19.7% a year ago. Argentine corn crop estimated at 23.0 MMT unchanged from previous estimate