ARTICLES BY LUIS VIEIRA
Depressed Prices not Seen Dropping Brazil's Soybean Acres By: 07/11/2014 @ 2:37pm

When soybeans reached their lowest value in Chicago since February (US$ 13.63 a bushel last week), it may have turned the red light on for some farmers. That is not the case, however, for the majority of…

South American Soybean Production Potential Threatened By: 06/26/2014 @ 11:46am

Compared to North America, the countries of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay are seen as having the advantages of growing multiple seasons of soybeans. Several regions in those countries have the…

Argentina's Farmers Sit on Wall of Soybeans By: 06/16/2014 @ 10:51am

Argentina has sold approximately US$ 10.1 billion in grains so far this year, according to data from the Center of Cereal Exporters of the country. But the country's farmers are still sitting on nearly…

U.S. Soybean Imports Seen Slowing By: 06/16/2014 @ 10:38am

Though tight U.S. old-crop stocks still have the attention of the market, favorable new-crop growing weather and the U.S. soybean export infrastructure are expected to slow imports this summer.An unusual move…

Brazil's On-Farm Grain Storage Builds By: 05/20/2014 @ 2:49pm

Brazilian farmers have accessed a total of US$ 1.8 billion as part of a storage plan financing the construction of silos and warehouses in 2013-2014. Yesterday, as part of the Brazil Farm Bill, or Plano Safra…

Argentina Soybeans Smuggled to Avoid Taxes By: 05/07/2014 @ 10:25am

Long recognized internationally as a very competitive country to produce soybeans, Argentina lost a little bit of its prominence because of a policy enacted in 2003. At that time, when tax exports (known…

Brazil's Corn Production Drop Seen Reversing By: 04/17/2014 @ 9:56am

Two of the most prominent Brazilian economists, José Roberto Mendonça de Barros and Luiz Carlos Mendonça de Barros, created in 1978 a consultancy called MB Associados to advise people interested in…

Brazil's 2014 Corn Output to Shrink By: 04/03/2014 @ 2:55pm

The market reacted positively after last week's USDA report, but there is even more news that could bring a bullish trend, at least for corn prices: There are conflicting reports on the size of the…

Record Crop Insurance Claims in Brazil By: 03/19/2014 @ 1:34pm

Banco do Brasil e Mapfre, a major joint venture of crop insurance in Brazil, revealed this week that the country has set a new record of crop insurance claims from December of last year. Since then, 2,000…

Future of Brazil's corn production is bright By: 02/17/2014 @ 12:11pm

Odacir Klein, a two-time Agriculture Secretary of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul and former Agriculture minister of the country, is one of the most recognized leaders of corn growers in Brazil. He is…

Argentina building 'wall of soybeans' By: 02/03/2014 @ 8:01am

Argentine government officials recently announced major changes with regard to currency that may impact the grain market and mostly Argentinian farmers. The most relevant announcement was that the citizens…

Interview: Challenges for Brazilian farmers By: 01/21/2014 @ 11:14am

(PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil) Agriculture.com--Kátia Abreu once was listed among the top 100 most influential people in Brazil. She is an independent senator from the state of Tocantins and president of the…

U.S now Brazil's #1 wheat supplier By: 12/12/2013 @ 3:12pm

Wheat prices have been steadily rising over the last few months. If realized, increased purchases from Brazil could provide more upside for U.S. wheat prices.  On an annual basis, Brazil consumes roughly…

Argentina's wall of soybeans By: 11/19/2013 @ 3:27pm

For outsiders, it may be hard to understand, but Argentinian farmers have kept stored 16 million tons of soybeans, or an estimated value of US$ 7.4 billion. When those beans are shipped, it would impact the…

Q&A: Brazilian farmer to halve corn acres By: 11/11/2013 @ 1:40pm

Nelson Paludo, a farmer from Toledo, in the west of Paraná, revealed in an interview to Agriculture.com that corn is not on his plans for the current crop season. In fact, he and most producers of his region…

Brazil’s crop logistics drama By: 11/06/2013 @ 12:59pm

With Brazilian exports of corn and soybeans expected to continue their strong performance in 2014, last year’s problematic port logistics are reccurring. Recent data released by Brazil’s Ministry of…

U.S. factor sparked Brazil soybean revolution By: 10/28/2013 @ 4:01pm

Luís Fernando Cirne Lima took office as a minister of Agriculture of Brazil in 1969 during military rule. At the time, Brazil was not within the 20 largest economies in the world and coffee accounted for…

Corn market looking for bull scenario By: 10/01/2013 @ 3:20pm

U.S. farmers looking for a fundamental factor to turn the corn market around may find one in South America.  On Monday, the corn market hit a three-year low. With the U.S. harvest ramping up, the corn…

Brazil's corn stocks build By: 09/23/2013 @ 8:27am

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…

Brazil soybean planting starts early By: 09/19/2013 @ 8:04am

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…

U.S. wheat to South America jumps By: 12/26/2012 @ 1:55pm

Consumption is likely to increase in Brazil in 2013 in almost every sector. The food sector is not an exception, but one of the main beneficiaries of the expansion. The U.S. could potentially benefit from that…

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