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Conab: Brazil’s soybean and corn production to drop almost 5 MMT each

Brazil’s National Supply Company (Conab) released this morning (12.12) a new report that foresees an overall drop of the country’s grain production of 4.7% compared to the previous season. The total grain production in the country is expected to fall to 237.7 million metric tons.

Considering soybeans alone, the output would fall from 114.1 million metric tons from the previous season to 109.2 million metric tons. In the meantime, total corn production is estimated at 92.2 million metric tons – five million metric tons less. The output harvested in the summer would be 25 million metric tons and the second crop would be about the same of last yera – around 67 million metric tons.

For Conab, the Brazilian soybean surface is expected to increase by 3.1% to 86.4 million acres, but the production would be lower because of lower yields. The corn area would drop 9.6%, which is a reduction of 1.3 million acres.

Raw cotton production is expected to reach 1.7 million metric tons this year, jumping 10.5% compared to the previous season. The rice output is expected to reduce by 5.8% to 11.6 million metric tons.

Brazil’s Central Bank confirms lowest interest rates in history

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Brazilian Central Bank had its monthly meeting yesterday and decided to cut interest rates by 0.5 percentage points. The reference rates are now 7% a year and the lowest level in history.

The reduction was the tenth consecutive in the year, after a drastic reduction of inflation. Inflation target was 4% a year, but now the inflation rate is nearly 2.7%. Most analysts already expected the interest rates cut.

Overall Brazil’s grain output would drop by 6%

Brazil’s National Supply Company (Conab) projected this week a smaller grain crop in the country. The total grain production would have an output of 228.20 million metric tons, which is a fall of 6%. The soybean production would range between 106 million metric tons and 108.25 million metric tons. This year, the country harvested 114.07 million metric tons of the oilseed.

Brazil’s Conab confirms record grain crop in the season

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.



Argentina: ag exports sum US$ 10.9 billion in the year

Argentina’s agricultural exports moved US$ 10.9 billion in the first six months of the year, according to data from the Center of Cereal Exporters. During last week alone, the sector moved US$ 308.7 million. Compared what was exported in 2016, it represents 45.6 percent of the sum of the whole year.

Argentina: ag sector exported US$ 23.9 billion in 2016

The agricultural sector in Argentina has sold in the year of 2016 the sum of US$ 23.9 billion, according to the Center of Cereal Exporters. Comparing to 2015, the country has shipped US$ 19.6 billion of agricultural products. The newest number is just below the record of 2011, when Argentina’s ag sector exported US$ 25.1 billion. Just in the last four days of 2016, exporters had sold US$ 241 million.

Argentina: Grain transport costs increase 23% in Buenos Aires province

The government of the Buenos Aires province has authorized an increase of 23.5 percent on transportation prices of grains and cereals. Buenos Aires is the largest producer of soybeans, wheat, and corn in Argentina. The increase considered the “wages implied on the personnel, costs of transportation and the amortization of capital”.

Brazil: New govt may continue to push bill to flexibilize land purchases by foreigners

The government of the new Brazilian president Michel Temer seeks to approve a bill that flexibilizes the rules regarding the purchase of land by foreign citizens. Since 2010, foreign citizens just can purchase law with a limit of 12,300 acres. The new government considers the flexibilization of the law a key change for the country’s economic recovery and development.

Brazil gets closer to impeachment, farmers freeze soybean sales

By Luís Vieira

The Brazilian House of Representatives yesterday approved by a vote of 367 to 137 the admission of an impeachment process for incumbent president Dilma Roussef, accused of mismanaging public funds and fiscal crimes.

The final decision will happen in the Senate between May 4 and May 12. In the meantime, the weak currency that long has benefited Brazilian farmers may get stronger with more governability, but this has not happened yet. So Brazilian farmers await a clear definition of this process to get to the market.

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Terminal of port of Santos (Brazil) receives ADM investment

Archer Daniels Midland announced on Tuesday it has begun the expansion its bulk grains terminal and silo space at Brazil’s port of Santos, Reuters reported. Greg Morris, ADM’s processing head, affirmed in a statement the work will raise the company’s capacity to transport grains through the terminal to 8 million tons from a current 6 million metric tons per year. Reuters also reported that the expansion and modernization is also expected to help reduce the trader’s emission of particulates of grain dust into the air around its terminal, which had prompted complaints from local businesses and residents. The works should finish by the end of 2017. “We are continuing also with the expansion of our export terminal … in Barcarena (in Para state), which will raise capacity to 6 million tonnes annually,” Morris said.