The fall of the 2018/2019 soybean crop reached 26% of the cultivation area in Brazil, according to an AgRural survey conducted last Thursday, the 7th figure represents a seven-point increase over the week and maintains broad advantage over 10% a year ago and 12% average of five years.
The accelerated harvest, run by Mato Grosso with 57%, Paraná, 30% and Goiás by 30%, is the result of early and rapid planting and shortening of the crop cycle in some areas due to hot and dry weather.
The adverse climatic conditions led to a new decline in production in Brazil, which is now estimated by AgRural at 112.5 million tons. If confirmed, the country will have the lowest soybean production in three years this season.
Cut in January
In early January, AgRural had already cut its production estimate for Brazil by 4.5 million. Tons to 116.9 million. Due to irregular rainfall and the December heat that hit the early crops in some states, with emphasis on Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul and Mato Grosso.
Now in February, in line with the warnings given in recent weeks, the consulting firm dropped 4.4 million tons of Brazilian production to 112.5 million tons due to the continuity of hot and dry weather in January.
This time, all producing states were cut, with the exception of Rio Grande do Sul, Pará and Rondônia. Compared to last year, the states with the highest production losses are Paraná and Mato Grosso do Sul.