FCStone projects 93.1 mln tons soybean crop for Brazil

Consultancy INTL FCStone has released its March report and forecast a production of 93.1 million tons of soybeans in Brazil in this season. This volume was originally forecast in January. The consultancy says that the yields are starting to be consolidated and that there will be an increase of productivity in Paraná and Rio Grande do Sul, where a record of nearly 15 million tons began to be harvested. For Mato Grosso, the forecast remained at 27 million tons.


Second corn crop will be planted out of the ideal period in Mato Grosso

A forecast from the Mato Grosso Institute of Agricultural Economics says that most of the second corn crop will be planted out of the ideal period. Currently, planting reached 64.6 percent of the estimated 6.9 million acres in Brazil’s top producing state.

The big worry are the likely low volumes of rain starting in April, which would bring low productivity and would generate major losses.


Argentina: Floods affect Córdoba province, but estimates for soybeans remain high

After a week of floods that affected the provinces of Córdoba and Santa Fe, the Buenos Aires Cereal Exchange maintained its estimate for soybean production in Argentina. The total output would be 57 million tons, which if confirmed, it is a new record.

The report of the Cereal Exchange reveals that some provinces, such as Entre Ríos, have recovered from the dryness of the previous weeks. In the coming days, cloudy days are expected for the major producing regions.


Corn planting speeds up in Mato Grosso

Data released by the Mato Grosso Institute of Agricultural Economics shows that the second corn crop planting advanced to 64.2 percent of the estimated surface. In one week, it jumped 24.7 percentage points. The total corn surface estimated for the state is 4.4 million acres. Right now, then, the delay diminished to 10.5 percent.


Brazil’s trucker strike now focuses in the South

After two weeks of a major truck strike, all highways of Mato Grosso, the top soybean produced in Brazil, are now unblocked with the exception of stretches in Sorriso, Lucas do Rio Verde, and Sinop at BR-163. At the weekend, a big commotion occurred because of a death of a trucker who was killed by another trucker that tried break the blockade running over him in Rio Grande do Sul.

There was no real agreement with most leader of the strike, but with court orders demanding that truckers release the highways, most truckers have ended the blockade amid a possibility of fines up US$ 5,000/hour. On the other hand, in Rio Grande do Sul the strike will stand firm, according to what I heard this morning on radio. Stores have shut down in several municipalities of this state during the weekend in solidarity to truckers. Today was Camaquã, a city near Rio Grande, a major port town.

Now the relevance of the strike is mostly domestic, but with possible international consequences. The soybean harvest in Rio Grande do Sul, the third producer of the oilseed in the country, will just start in the coming days. Wheat mills here suffer strongly with lack of supply. Other parts of the country may have also lack of rice supply. The state accounts for about 70% of rice production in the country. About 50% of wheat output.

Nearly 7,000 truckers are going to Brasília in order to do a march a make their voices heard in the country’s capital. The top complaint is still the diesel price, which was increased because of a national fuel tax hike.


Strikes follows as government tries to chase truckers

The Brazilian government decided to convoke the National Force to release the highways after the truckers strike counted over two weeks in the country. At BR-101, the highways which divides the states of Santa Catarina, the Brazilian Federal Police had to use force to chase truckers.

But the strike continues in several stretches of roads in Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, Minas Gerais, Goiás, and Mato Grosso – all states with significant agricultural production. In several municipalities of Rio Grande do Sul, street stores closed doors in solidarity to truckers. Milk producers in the state have also joined the truckers movement.

A survey with 540 Mato Grosso farmers revealed that nearly 20% of farmers cannot have access to diesel because of lack of supply.


Some roads are unblocked, but strike remains in Brazil

After a meeting with some unions, the Brazilian government announced that truckers would be exempted from tolls in the future and that Petrobras would not increase diesel prices in the next six months. Some unions agreed to end the strike with the measures announced, but other truckers promised to continue to be on strike. Trucker Ivar Schmidt said in an interview to Veja magazine: “We are working with zero profit and now the government says we will have six months more like this. […] I will stand firm and will go to Brasília until the problem gets solved.”

Some state courts imposed that the roads should be unblocked as soon as possible, but truckers announced that they will stop in different stretches of highways not mentioned by the Justice.

In Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná, and Santa Catarina, all the major highways continue to be blocked. Federal highway BR-163 is also still blocked in Mato Grosso. Nearly 20% of Mato Grosso farmers do not have more fuel to follow with harvest.


Some roads are unblocked, but strike remains in Brazil

After a meeting with some unions, the Brazilian government announced that truckers would be exempted from tolls in the future and that Petrobras would not increase diesel prices in the next six months. Some unions agreed to end the strike with the measures announced, but other truckers promised to continue to be on strike. Trucker Ivar Schmidt said in an interview to Veja magazine: “We are working with zero profit and now the government says we will have six months more like this. […] I will stand firm and will go to Brasília until the problem gets solved.”

Some state courts imposed that the roads should be unblocked as soon as possible, but truckers announced that they will stop in different stretches of highways not mentioned by the justice.

In Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná, and Santa Catarina, all the major highways continue to be blocked. Federal highway BR-163 is also still blocked in Mato Grosso. Nearly 20% of Mato Grosso farmers do not have more fuel to follow with harvest.


Mato Grosso may speed up harvest, association says

The Association of Soybean Growers of Mato Grosso informed yesterday that the soybean harvest in that state will speed up this week. Based on the meteorological forecasts, the association anticipates that there will not be too much rain over the period.

According to the Mato Grosso Institute of Agricultural Economics, the state harvested 34.9 percent of the total surface until last Friday.


Brazil Strike Lights Fire Under Soybean Market

By Luís Vieira

PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (Agriculture.com)–The biggest soybean truckers strike in 15 years has broken out in Brazil. It’s slowing soybean transportation and rallying the markets.

On Tuesday, the truckers strike fueled the CME Group’s May soybean futures up 26 cents to $10.32 per bushel. The Nov. soybean futures pushed up 20 cents to trade as high as $10.02 per bushel.

Early last week, truckers from the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso decided to go on a strike blocking two major federal highways, BR-163 and BR-364, which are the top roads for grain transport.

Read the full story at Agriculture.com