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Brazil close-up: From the field to the port

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    Brazil has much less storage capacity than the U.S. Congestion at the ports generates huge amounts of mounting corn around the country, like at this grain elevator. Credit: Aprosoja

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    The largest country of South America is just able to store nearly 30 million tons, and that creates storage issues like at this facility, where hundreds of thousands of bushels of corn are piled up.

    Credit: Sindicato Rural de Lucas do Rio Verde

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    The second corn crop is currently estimated at 46.1 million tons, according to Brazil's National Supply Company.

    Credit: Agência Brasil

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    Even though international prices are not high enough, Brazilian farmers exported 3.05 million tons, just in August, officials say.

    Credit: Agência Brasil

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    As of September, the total domestic consumption of corn in Brazil is estimated at 52.3 million tons (45 million for animals, approximately), with 18.7 million tons slated for the export market.
    Credit: Agência Brasil

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    The Port of Santos is the most important one in Brazil. Because of ongoing port congestion, transportation companies are seeking alternatives, such as the Santarém port, to load soybeans to China.

    Credit: Porto de Santos

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    Port congestion, however, will likely still be an issue next year. Billions of dollars in infrastructure investment is coming, but likely not for around five years. This line of trucks, taken in May, exemplifies the congestion issue.
    Credit: Porto de Santos

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    Harvest of Safrinha corn is finishing, giving space to soybean planting. Farmers in the state of Rio Grande do Sul will likely plant up to November, replacing wheat and other winter crops.

    Credit: Emater/RS

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