AgRural: Brazil just planted 0.3% of the soybean surface projected

The first report issued by consultancy AgRural for the 2016/2017 crop season in Brazil reveals that the planting progress just reached 0.3% of the expected surface. The works have not advanced in the last few weeks because of dry and hot weather. Most farmers are trying to avoid replanting and have awaited the best climate condition to begin works. A year ago, planting was at 5% of the surface. As of now, the most advanced progress in the state of Paraná with 1.7% of the crop planted. Total output potential is seen at 109.7 million metric tons.

For corn, planting already started well in the Southern states and the commercial surface planting reached 19% of the total crop. In the South, the progress is at 40%. Santa Catarina leads with 55% of the works finished, followed by Rio Grande do Sul with 45%, and Paraná has just 16% of the crop planted. The dry weater has been a setback especially in the region of Campos Gerais, Paraná, near Curitiba, the state’s capital. According to AgRural, the estimated corn production for the Center-South of Brazil is 22.4 million metric tons, which is 10% less than the previous summer crop.

Argentina already sold over 3 MMT of the new crop soybeans

The sales of the 2017/2018 crop in Argentina are strong. According to Buenos Aires brokerage Zeni, there a growth of 62.2% on sales compared to the same period of last year. The volume of forward sales already reached three million metric tons. The reason behind the increase is that soybean will have a decrease of export tax by 0.5 percentage points per month in 2018, starting in January.

Argentina opens up market for fresh Brazilian beef

The government of Argentina has announced this Wednesday (09.20.2017) that imports of Brazilian beef are allowed. For five years, Argentina did not import beef from Brazil after a mad-cow disease outbreak registered in Londrina, state of Paraná.

Region in Brazil could cut corn acres by 60%, local agronomist says

Private consultancies estimates in Brazil have projections for corn in production pointing to a reduction of the corn planted area from 20% to 30% of the previous surface. Paulo Bertolini, director of the Brazilian Association of Corn Growers, foresees a reduction that could reach even 50%. But some local perspectives bring even lower estimates for the coming season.

In the view of Carlos Dellavalle, an agronomist in Lagoa Vermelha, Northeast of Rio Grande do Sul, there could be a reduction of up to 60% or more of the corn surface in this season.

“Nobody is talking about corn here. All we talk is about soybeans. The inputs market is very slow. I can say that here the surface would reduce 70%,” revealed Dellavalle to AgroSouth News.

Dellavalle is a pusher of alternative winter crops and owns the company DeAgro in Lagoa Vermelha, also teaches Production Systems at the University of Passo Fundo.

Brazil’s September corn exports already overcome volume of same month of 2016

Brazilian corn exports reached 2.94 million metric tons so far in the month of September, says the official data. The volume is already larger than the 2.91 metric tons of corn exported in September of 2016. The average daily shipping volume with the cereal at the moment is 294,100 tons. A forecast from the Brazilian National Association of Cereal Exporters is that the country will export 32 million metric tons.

Corn planting advances to over 30% of surface in southern-most state of Brazil, soy still awaits

A report from the Rural Institute of Technical Assistance of Rio Grande do Sul (Emater/RS) reveals that the planting surface for corn the southern southernmost state of Brazilian reached 34 percent of the surface. The area planted in the season 1.8 million acres, which is 11.,7 percent below the previous crop. Conditions in Rio Grande do Sul are considered favorable, but there are some plague occurrences taking place already.

Alongside that, soybean growers in Rio Grande do Sul are at the stage of input purchases and chemical management to start planting the oilseed. Most growers are likely to begin planting in October.

Global Farmers Consider Oilseed Alternatives to Soybeans – safflower gains attention

By Luís Vieira

Low commodity prices are an issue that farmers will always have to face from time to time. On the other hand, there are alternatives that some farmers may consider for the purpose of rotation and to diversify risk.

The current season is definitely not the best for a lot of farmers in the Midwest, especially if you grow either wheat or corn. For Kansas analyst Mike Zuzolo, director at Global Commodity Analytics & Consulting, there has never been so much interest in replacing crops.

Read the full story at Agriculture.com

Weather improves in Brazil’s Southern regions

In several regions of Brazil, farmers are not being able to start planting because of dry weather. But some meteorologists, like Celso Oliveira from Somar Meteorologia, say that moisture conditions are under normality for the period.

The weather forecast until September 22 says that the climate will be dry in most parts of the country, but rains will drop in southern states like Rio Grande do Sul, Parana, and Santa Catarina. Some changes would happen between September 23 and September 27, but the weather would still be dry in the Center-West. Rains would just be sufficient after this period with up to 2.7 inches, which would be slightly below the average for the region.

Paraguay will export corn to Brazil through a new route

Hog and poultry producers in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina will be able to save up to 70 percent on corn purchases. The reason is that state will no longer bring the input from the state of Mato Grosso, but would import from Paraguay (310 miles or 500 km away) through the border of Santa Catarina with Argentina, which is closer and the logistics is cheaper. Santa Catarina demands 6.5 million metric tons annually, while it just produces nearly 3.5 million metric tons of corn.

After fallowing, all Brazilian states are ready to plant soybeans and corn for the new season

After the end of fallowing in all states, everything is set up for the start of planting of corn and soybeans in Brazil. Fallowing a legal agronomic practice that forbids planting in 90 days to avoid the Asian Rust. But the big issue is that the climate is not likely to help. In the state of Paraná, the second largest producer for both crops, planting has already delayed due to dryness. Lack of rain is also seen in other states like Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso. Favorable conditions are just seen in Rio Grande do Sul at the moment. Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States increased the probability of a stronger La Niña from 55 percent to 65 percent.