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Brazil soy planting reaches 5.6 pct, lagging last year - Safras

SAO PAULO, Oct 6 (Reuters) - Brazil soybean planting on
Friday reached 5.6 percent of the total forecast area, according
to consultancy Safras & Mercado, well below the 10.4 percent
seen at this time last year as dry weather conditions for most
of September delayed field work.
Seeding was in line with a five-year average of 5.3 percent
for this time of the year in Brazil, Safras said.
The gap compared to last year is larger in the top-producing
state of Mato Grosso, in the center-west region, where farmers
have planted only 5 percent of the area so far versus 17 percent
at this time last year and 6.6 percent in the five-year average.
Brazil's second-largest producer, the southern state of
Paraná, has planted 20 percent of projected area, compared to 30
percent last year and 17.8 percent in the five-year average.
Brazil is seen producing 109.98 million tonnes of soybeans
in 2017/18, according to a Reuters poll.
Detailed estimates from Safras & Mercado:

SOY PLANTING IN BRAZIL - 2017/18 SEASON
(SELECTED STATES, PCT OF EXPECTED AREA)
------------------------------------------------------------
States 2017 2017 2016 5-year
06/Oct 29/Sept 06/Oct average
RS 0 - 0 0,0
PR 20 - 30 17,8
MT 5 - 17 6,6
MS 10 - 9 4,4
GO 3 - 2 1,0
SP 1 - 0 0,0
MG 1 - 0 0,2
BA 0 - 0 0,0
SC 0 - 1 0,6
OTHERS 0 - 0 0,0
BRASIL 5,6 - 10,4 5,3

(Reporting by Marcelo Teixeira; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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