Brisk sales of EU wheat earlier in the July-June season, including large volumes of French wheat for China and German wheat for Algeria, had fuelled talk of tight stocks after a smaller harvest last summer.
Russia's decision to tax wheat exports from mid-February, to help cool local prices, was then expected to bring further demand for EU wheat, but prospects have instead dimmed.
The feed wheat was purchased in two 65,000 tonne consignments at an estimated $282.86 a tonne c&f for arrival in South Korea around Aug. 24 and at $275.14 a tonne c&f for arrival in South Korea around Sept. 24.
If the August arrival consignment is sourced from the US Pacific Northwest coast, Australia or Canada, shipment is sought between July 21 and Aug. 9.
The USDA's Sept. 1 stocks figures for corn and soybeans also fell below expectations, lifting CBOT corn and soybean futures.
*The USDA lowered its estimate of US 2020 total wheat production to 1.826 billion bushels, from 1.838 billion previously.