Soy Frontier at Middle Age - 3

Brazil's Northern Corridors Gear Up

The Soybean Highway, BR-163, links Sorriso 1,200 miles to the Port of Santos in the south, but heavy reliance on trucking means inland freight costs about 50% more than shipping from north central, Iowa to the Gulf of Mexico. Port expansion along the Amazon and its tributaries to the north could drastically improve logistics and land values. (Graphic courtesy of USDA Foreign Agricultural Service)
Brazil's much-vaunted northern corridors will start to export increasingly large portions of the Mato Grosso grain crop over the next five years. Sending soy through the Amazon will reduce onerous logistics costs and stimulate planting across the state's...

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