Porto Alegre, November 5, 2020 – The planting of the new Brazilian soybean crop had a strong advance between October 23 and 30. The maintenance of reasonable moisture forecasts for the states in the central strip of the country encouraged growers to keep working night and day, which resulted in a great recovery from accumulated delays.

According to a survey conducted by SAFRAS & Mercado, until October 30, Brazilian growers sowed 35% of the total area expected for the country. The percentage is equivalent to nearly 13.418 million hectares sown, out of a total of 38.325 million hectares estimated for planting in the country. In the previous week, the percentage was 16.3%. In the same period of the previous year, the percentage reached 43.5%, while the five-year average for the period is 38.9%.

In Paraná, 64% of the area for soybeans were sown. The percentage is equivalent to approximately 3.58 million hectares, out of a total of 5.6 million hectares estimated for the state. In the previous week, the percentage was 35%. In the same period last year, the percentage reached 68%, while the five-year average is 65.6% for the period.

In Mato Grosso, out of a total expected area of 10.29 million hectares, 52% have already been sown, equivalent to approximately 5.35 million hectares. In the previous week, the percentage was 26%. In the same period of the previous year, the percentage was 82%. The five-year average for the period is 64.2%.

In Mato Grosso do Sul, out of a total area estimated at 3.25 million hectares, 50% have already been sown, equivalent to roughly 1.63 million hectares. In the previous week, the percentage was 18%. In the same period last year, the percentage was 34%, while the five-year average for the period is 54.6%.

In Goiás, out of a total expected area of 3.795 million hectares, 35% were sown, or approximately 1.39 million hectares. In the previous week, the percentage was 12%, while in the same period last year the percentage was 30%. The five-year average for the period is 30.8%.

In São Paulo, out of a total area estimated at 1.08 million hectares, 19% were sown, or roughly 205 thousand hectares. In the previous week, the percentage was 5%, while in the same period of the previous year the percentage was 22%. The five-year average for the period is 24.8%.

In Minas Gerais, out of a total area estimated at 1.755 million hectares, 30% were sown, or approximately 527 thousand hectares. In the previous week, the percentage was 8%. In the same period last year, the percentage was 27%, while the five-year average for the period is 24.0%.

In Bahia, out of a total area estimated at 1.67 million hectares, 8% were sown, or roughly 134 thousand hectares. In the previous week, the percentage was 0%, while in the same period last year the percentage was 1%. The five-year average for the period is 4.5%.

In Santa Catarina, the planting is 14% complete of an expected total area of 750 thousand hectares, which is equivalent to approximately 105 thousand hectares. In the previous week, the percentage was 1%. In the same period of the previous year, the percentage was 28%, while the average for the period is 23.6%.

Weather forecasts point to a week of great rainfall accumulated in the states of Minas Gerais, Goiás, Mato Grosso, and the North and Northeast regions in the period between October 30 and November 5, which will probably prevent the maintenance of the good pace of sowing in the previous week. The other states in the Midwest, Southeast, and South, on the other hand, will receive little or no moisture, favoring the planting.

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