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Brazil Farmers: Expect Irregular Precipitation, Forecaster Says
The weather should be favorable for the production of soybeans in the center-west of Brazil in the 2014-2015 season as well as for the second crop. But in the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul, corn and soybean growers should be aware of the variation of rains and weather patterns, according to meteorologist Marco Antonio dos Santos of Brazil's weather service Somar Metereologia.
"This crop season will be no different than the last two seasons because there will be an irregularity of rainfalls, mostly during spring, which is to say during planting," explained Santos during a lecture for Mato Grosso farmers at MT Foundation. Soybean planting in the center-west of Brazil starts at the end of September, when spring starts in the Southern Hemisphere.
Santos also said that farmers in this region of Brazil could potentially see a strong proliferation of pests and caterpillars. "El Niño will have a weaker intensity in the period. Even so, it could delay planting and bring the necessity of replanting," he pointed out.
Stronger rains in Mato Grosso are expected just for October and mostly during the afternoons or nights, which favors the development of grains. In the south of Brazil, the situation is expected to be even brighter, specifically for the state of Paraná.
Simepar, a meteorological institute of the Federal University of Paraná, forecasts the start of planting will be very favored by the abundance of rain. "Just northern Paraná will have less rain," Simepar's meteorologist Ana Beatriz Porto told Reuters.