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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Luís Vieira
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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.
Brazil’s National Supply Company (Conab) has released a new report this Tuesday (09.12) and confirmed a record grain production of 238.7 million metric tons in the 2016/2017 season. The total output is 27.9 percent or 51 million metric tons higher than last year due to more favorable weather that generated higher yields.
The first crop finished with a total output of 30.46 million metric tons, while the second corn crop, that is about to finish harvest, is still estimated at 67.25 million metric tons. In the meantime, the total soybean production in the country was 114 million metric tons.
For wheat, there is an estimated production of 5.19 million metric tons, but there is still a lot to be harvested. For cotton, a harvest is near the end with an estimate of 1.53 million metric tons of cotton plume and 2.3 million metric tons of cotton core. In the season, 12.33 million metric tons of rice were produced.
The planting of soybeans and corn in some key regions of Brazil was expected to start this week, but it did not happen. There is lack of rain in the states of Mato Grosso, Paraná, and Mato Grosso do Sul. Some analysts say that is too early to be alarmed, but Somar Mereologia forecasts scarce rains in the coming days of September.