Planting soybean begins to gain strength in Brazil

Last week the planting of the new Brazilian soybean crop had a good evolution in most of the main growing states.

The arrival of rainfall in the central strip of the country encouraged Midwestern growers to start planting. The state of Paraná also registered a good evolution.

In the South, there are signs of planting in some isolated locations of Rio Grande do Sul. In the North/Northeast, the work is slowly advancing in Maranhão.

According to research conducted by SAFRAS & Mercado, until October 18, Brazilian growers sowed 19.5% of the total expected area for the country. The index is equal to nearly 7.19 million hectares, out of total 36.942 million hectares estimated for planting in the country. In the previous week, the index reached 9.4%. In the same period last year, the index reached 27.5%, while the five-year average for the period is 18.2%.

In Paraná 36% of the area destined for soybeans were sowed, with approximately 2.01 million hectares planted out of a total of 5.58 million hectares estimated for the state. In the previous week, the index was 25%. In the same period last year, the index reached 50%, while the five-year average is 41.4% for the period.

In Mato Grosso, out of a total expected area of ​​9.73 million hectares, 42% have already been sown, equivalent to nearly 4.09 million hectares. In the previous week, the index was 16%. In the same period last year, the index was 50%. The five-year average for the period is 28%.

In Mato Grosso do Sul, out of an estimated total area of ​​3 million hectares, 16% have already been sown, equivalent to approximately 480 thousand hectares. In the previous week, the index was 7%. In year-ago comparative period, the index was 35%, while the five-year average for the period is 26.8%.

In Goiás, out of a total expected area of ​​3.65 million hectares, 12% were sown, or nearly 438 thousand hectares. In the previous week, the index was 6%, while in the same period last year the index was 22%. The five-year average for the period is 12.5%.

In São Paulo, out of an estimated total area of ​​1.02 million hectares, 5% of the area were sown, or approximately 51 thousand hectares. In the previous week, the index was 4%, while in the same period last year the index was 20%. The five-year average for the period is 8%.

In Minas Gerais, out of an estimated total area of ​​1.7 million hectares, 5% were sown, or nearly 85 thousand hectares. Last week the index was 4%. In year-ago comparative period, the index was 20%, while the five-year average for the period is 7%.

Weather forecasts point to rainfall throughout the central part of the country and most of MAPITOBA over the next 7 days, favoring crop development and soil moisture recovery. Only in Rio Grande do Sul moisture must be low.

In the period from 8 to 14 days, rains will continue over the central strip of the country, reaching also the whole South region. Western Bahia and most of Piauí and Maranhão must receive little or no moisture.