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Brazil Soybean Planting Continues To Lag

Brazilian soybean planting continued to lag last week with showers not making up for irregular rainfall in the first half of the month.

Farmers had planted just 70% of their soybean crop as of Friday, the lowest total since 2008, according to Agrural, a local farm consultancy.

Planting did move forward ten percentage points last week as showers returned to Mato Grosso but fieldwork remains six points behind the same point last year and 11 points behind the five-year average.

In many parts of Mato Grosso, soil moisture remains in deficit. The north and the west of the state are the worst affected with some replanting necessary, AgRural said. Showers are falling but they are light and irregular. Mato Grosso has planted 89% of its crop, down from the five-year average of 96%.

In neighboring Goias, planting is 72% complete, well behind the five-year average of 93%. Showers did nourish crops in the top-producing southwest of the state though.

In southern Brazil, heavy showers continue.

Rain hindered efforts to finish planting in Parana, where fieldwork is 90% complete compared with a five-year average of 94%.

In Rio Grande do Sul, farmers planted in between showers last week and 49% of the state's crop is now in the ground, down from an average of 58%.

There is also concern about irregular rainfall in the eastern Cerrado, the region commonly known as Matopiba. In Bahia, only 15% of the crop has been planted, down from a five-year average of 63% due to the lack of substantial precipitation. In neighboring Piaui, only 5% of the crop had been planted as of Friday, well down from the five-year average of 45%. The situation is better in Tocantins, where 40% of the crop had been planted, which is in line with the average.

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(CZ)

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