- The market is awaiting result of a tender issued by the Ethiopian government to purchase 400,000 tons of milling wheat for July-August shipment

- Apr 16 - Japan bought 109,005 tons of food wheat for May-June shipment:

  • 17,201 tons of western white US wheat
  • 12,390 tons of hard red winter US wheat
  • 21,580 tons of dark northern spring US wheat
  • 31,379 tons of Canadian western red spring wheat
  • 26,455 tons of Australian standard white

- A bulk carrier will next week load around 60,000 tons of wheat in a German port for shipment to Iran

- France's Strategie Grains increased its projection of new crop EU soft wheat production by 1 MMT to 141.1 MMT, but reduced its 2015/16 carryout to 15.9 MMT vs. 20 MMT last month

- Strategie Grains estimated 2014/15 EU soft wheat exports at 32.0 MMT (record) vs. previous estimate of 29.9 MMT

- Strategie Grains estimated 2015/16 EU soft wheat exports at 31.2 MMT vs. previous estimate of 29.0 MMT

- EU in week ended Apr 10 awarded licences to import 1,311 tons of Ukrainian wheat under an annual duty-free quota. The award meant that the EU had now awarded almost 376,426 tons out of a total volume of 950,000 tons available in 2015

- EU in week ended Apr 14 granted licences to export 741,000 tons of soft wheat, bringing the total this season to 26.423 MMT vs. 24.285 MMT a year ago

- Buenos Aires exchange projects 2015/16 Argentine wheat plantings at 4.1 million hectares, below last year's 4.4 MH

- Wheat is under pressure from forecasts for rains across the US Plains

- Weekly US wheat export sales data for week ended Apr 9 – 160,400 tons, incl. 47,900 tons for 2014/15 (expected 100,000-300,000 tons) and 112,500 tons for 2015/16 (expected 50,000-250,000 tons)

- Russia's Ag Min said farmers planted 2.3 MH of spring grains through April 17, or 7.4% of the planned total planted area vs. 2.4 MH a year ago

- Russian grain stocks at 22.7 MMT as of Apr 1, up 17.3% from a year earlier

- G3 Global Grain Group, a joint venture of Bunge and Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Co (SALIC), will buy a 50.1% stake in Canadian grain handler CWB for C$250 million ($201 million)

- Conflict in Yemen is disrupting the crop planting season and threatens to create food shortages as the war-stricken country eats into its cereal reserves. Yemen's cereal stocks stood at around 860,000 tons when Saudi-led air strikes against Iran-allied Houthi rebels started, enough for three to four months. Yemen imports about 90% of its wheat needs and 100% of its rice although nearly two-thirds of Yemenis work in agriculture