Gradual return of rain makes soybean planting advance in Brazil

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Planting of the new Brazilian soybean crop again had a week of reasonable progress in most producing states that already have machines in the fields.

As a little more moisture reached the central strip of the country, producers felt encouraged to speed up the sowing. Despite this, work remains behind last year’s same period and against the normal five-year average in the vast majority of states.

According to research conducted by SAFRAS & Mercado until October 11, Brazilian producers sowed 9.4% of the total expected area for the country. The index is equal to roughly 3.49 million hectares sown, out of total 36.942 million hectares estimated for planting in the country. In the previous week, the index had reached 4.4%. In year-ago comparative period, the index reached 17.6%, while the five-year average for the period is 11.3%.