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Update: South American crop roundup

Jeff Caldwell 09/24/2013 @ 8:40am Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Luis Vieira is a freelance agriculture reporter from Porto Alegre, Brazil, and editor of AgroSouth-News.com. He's joining Agriculture.com this fall to report on the U.S. corn and soybean harvest and share news and information about crop progress in Brazil and Argentina. Here's the latest of his reporting from South America.



 

Brazil soybean planting starts early

As U.S. farmers work to harvest their 2013 corn and soybean crops, Brazilian farmers are busy planting their 2014 soybean crop.


In fact, soybean planting has started earlier this year in the center-west of Brazil, especially in the states of Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul. In an attempt to ensure themselves of a double-crop opportunity (mainly with cotton), several farmers have decided to give the soybean crop a better chance to finish on time.


 

Brazil's corn stocks build

Due to delayed plantings in February, the harvest of Brazil's second corn crop (safrinha) is slow to finish, according to Brazil's National Supply Company (Conab). The rains of February have impeded early works. Currently, the country has reached over 95% of the safrinha harvest. The last Conab report estimated 46.1 million tons for the second corn crop, which is a new record. In the previous season, Brazil had harvested 39.1 million tons of its winter crop.

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