Brazil Soy Planting Off To Good Start

Brazil’s 2006-07 soybean planting season is off to a good start following timely rains in the large Center-West growing region earlier this month.

According to the Brazilian marketing consultant Safras & Mercado, 12% of Brazil’s new soybean crop had been planted as of Oct. 20, compared with 8% a year earlier and a normal average of 6% for that date.

Planting is more advanced in the top growing state of Mato Grosso, with 27% of the crop in the ground, while progress is put at 15% in the No. 2 growing state of Paraná, 12% in Goiás state and 8% in Mato Grosso do Sul, Safas & Mercado says.

"Although the numbers are well advanced relative to the normal average, the recent mostly rainy weather in the growing region along with the delay in the process of buying and delivering inputs is hampering the process", says SAFRAS analyst Flávio França Júnior in a news release on the firm’s Website.

The Brazilian meteorology firm Somar said on Oct. 23 that intermittent rains should favor soybean planting throughout Brazil’s main production belt this week.

Isolated showers will diminish toward the end of the week in the center-west states where planting is now getting into full swing, while rains are replenishing soil moisture levels in the south where planting will pick up in the coming weeks.

Goiás, the No. 4 soy producing state, has already received 42% more rainfall than average for the entire month of October and parts of Rio Grande do Sul, the No. 3 soy state, have seen 8% more rainfall than the average October so far.

Heavy rains of around 2.4 in. fell on soy farms in western Bahia over the weekend, Somar says. Producers will have to watch for the early emergency of Asian soy rust under these wetter conditions.

In an extended 10-day forecast, Somar says more rains are expected in the western part of the center-west soy states including western Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul. Goiás and eastern Mato Grosso farms are expected to dry out.

Editors note: Richard Brock, The Corn and Soybean Digest's > Marketing Editor, is president of Brock Associates, a farm market advisory firm, and publisher of The Brock Report.

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