Soybean planting advances in Brazil

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    Porto Alegre, December 8, 2020 – The planting of the new Brazilian soybean crop had a reasonable evolution last week in the main producing states of the country. The states of Paraná, Mato Grosso, and Mato Grosso do Sul have already ended sowing, while the other states in the Midwest and Southeast have advanced to the latter areas. Despite this, the work remains a little behind the normal average for this period of the year.

     According to a survey conducted by SAFRAS & Mercado, until December 4, Brazilian growers sowed 88.9% of the total area expected for the country. The percentage is equivalent to approximately 34.055 million hectares sown, out of a total area of 38.325 million hectares estimated for planting in the country. In the previous week, the index was 83.3%. In the same period of the previous year, the percentage reached 90.8%, while the five-year average for the period is 91.3%.

     In Rio Grande do Sul, out of a total area estimated at 6.08 million hectares, 62% were sown, or nearly 3.77 million hectares. In the previous week, the index was 48%, while in the same period last year it reached 84%. The five-year average for this time of year is 81.2%.

     In Paraná, 100% of the area destined for soybeans were sown, or approximately 5.6 million hectares. In the previous week, the index was 99%. In the same period last year, the percentage reached 99%, while the five-year average is 98.2% for the period.

     In Mato Grosso, out of a total expected area of 10.29 million hectares, 100% were sown. In the previous week, the index was 99%. In the same period of the previous year, the percentage was 99%. The five-year average for the period is 99%.

     In Mato Grosso do Sul, out of a total area estimated at 3.25 million hectares, 100% were sown. In the previous week, the index was 99%. In the same period last year, the percentage was 99%, while the five-year average for the period is 99.8%.

     In Goiás, out of a total expected area of 3.795 million hectares, 94% were sown, or nearly 3.57 million hectares. In the previous week, the index was 88%, while in the same period last year the percentage was 98%. The five-year average for the period is 97.6%.

     In São Paulo, out of a total area estimated at 1.08 million hectares, 95% were sown, or approximately 1.03 million hectares. In the previous week, the index was 87%, while in the same period of the previous year the percentage was 98%. The five-year average for the period is 97.8%.

     In Minas Gerais, out of a total area estimated at 1.755 million hectares, 98% were sown, or nearly 1.72 million hectares. In the previous week, the index was 92%. In the same period last year, the percentage was 95%, while the five-year average for the period is 94.6%.

     In Bahia, out of a total area estimated of 1.67 million hectares, 90% were sown, or approximately 1.5 million hectares. In the previous week, the index was 80%, while in the same period last year the percentage was 80%. The five-year average for the period is 81.4%.

     In Santa Catarina, the planting is 85% complete of an expected total area of 750 thousand hectares, which is equivalent to nearly 638 thousand hectares. In the previous week, the index was 70%. In the same period of the previous year, the percentage was 98%, while the average for the period is 93.8%.

     Weather forecasts point to a return of reasonable moisture for most states in the Midwest, Southeast, as well as parts of the South, North and Northeast regions in the period between December 4 and 10.

     In the period between December 11 and 17, practically all producing states are expected to receive lower levels of precipitation.

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