As the Brazil crop season moves into the Southern Hemisphere equivalent of July, rainfall is occurring more often for the northern part of Brazil's soybean belt. That means that Mato Grosso (the top soybean-producing state) and Goias (number-4 in Brazil soybean production) -- are finally soaking in some moisture after a very-dry start to the season back in September. Mato Grosso, especially, had minimal rainfall to begin the 2015-16 crop year. However, things are definitely looking up; rainfall for the month is at least close to normal in this part of Brazil. Farther south, the moisture totals show a generally-consistent trend of above normal. The far south (Rio Grande do Sul) is a bit drier in January, but is still running more than double its average amount for the growing season.
Here's a look at the January and November 1 to date rainfall totals, as compiled by my colleague Joel Burgio. Totals are in inches.
|LOCATION||Jan '16||PCT NORMAL||SINCE NOV 1||PCT NORMAL|
|MG DO SUL|
|RG DO SUL|
|Sao Luis G.||1.93||111||46.48||434|
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