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Brazil's harvest ups & downs

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    Soybean harvest is rolling in Brazil, like in this field in Goias in west-central Brazil. So far, so good for these farmers.

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    This railroad line is the only one in Mato Grosso -- Brazil's largest soybean-producing state -- leading to the Port of Santos.

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    Here's Porto Velho, in the state of Rondonia. This is one of many export market outlets for soybeans raised in Mato Grosso.

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    It's not an easy trip from Mato Grosso to Porto Velho, though, especially with antiquated roadways and trucks increasing in size and capacity.

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    Here's a field in Mato Grosso do Sul in west-central Brazil. This was planted early and has raised above-average yields.

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    Fortunately, those fields in the same state that were planted later still have yielded well, farmers say.

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    Another early-planted field in Mato Grosso do Sul.

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    Now, let's move on to Parana, a state south of Mato Grosso do Sul. This field was also planted later, and the farmer expects to glean a good yield.

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    Another field in western Parana where expectations are high for an above-average yield.

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    These pods filled well after a growing season with adequate -- but not excessive, unlike some areas -- moisture during the growing season. This field was planted early as well.

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    Another view of that early-planted field in western Parana where the farmer expects above-average yields.

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    Though this field's in good shape, it shows just how wide the planting window was for this soybean crop. This was one of the later-planted fields in Parana.

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    Parana's got its fair share of corn, too. Here's one field that's ready for the combine.

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    While it's less of a worry in other parts of the nation, farmers in Mato Grosso have more to worry about with excessive moisture.

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    But, the later the crops were planted in Mato Grosso, in the west-central part of the country, the more they're benefiting from recent rainfall.

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    Here's another late-planted field in Mato Grosso that has gotten a boost from recent rainfall.

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    But, just like everywhere else around the country, soybeans that were planted early, like in this field, have been damaged from the recent heavy rains.

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    Regardless of the crop quality, the issues don't end with harvest. Getting the soybeans to points of delivery is a precarious venture on roads like BR-163, shown here in Mato Grosso.

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    Though harvest has only begun, truck traffic is already intense along Mato Grosso's BR-163.

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    Further north toward the port of Porto Velho, conditions on BR-163 are even worse.

See how soybean harvest is going in Brazil (photos by Jonathan Campos & Christian Rizzi, information by Luana Gomes).

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