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Brazilian Soy Harvest 41% Complete, Matopiba Weather a Concern

By Alastair Stewart , South America Correspondent

Rain fell across most of the principal Brazilian soybean-producing regions last week.

But fieldwork still progressed eight percentage points in the period to reach 41% complete as of Friday, slightly ahead of the five-year average of 39% for this stage of the harvest, according to AgRural, a local farm consultancy.

Of concern is the dry spell in the Mapitoba region in the eastern Cerrado, which has lasted a month and has caused irreversible damage to the crop, the consultancy reported.

In the key Mapitoba state of Bahia, where harvesting is 10% complete, hot, dry conditions are hurting crops going through reproductive stages. The situation is similar in Tocantins and Piaui.

In Mato Grosso, soybean harvesting is 64% complete, slightly behind the 66% registered a year before. Rainfall has been reasonably frequent across the state in recent weeks but not sufficient to affect quality of harvested beans, said AgRural.

In neighboring Goias, producers have harvested 56% of the crop, slightly down from 60% last year.

In the south, incessant rain is causing problems, particularly in Parana,

In Cornelio Procopio, northern Parana, AgRural reported that 15% of the crop is ready to harvest and desiccated fields have up to 40% damage.

Harvest efforts in Parana are 53% complete, ahead of the 47% registered one year before.

In the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul, the harvest has just started at 1% complete.

(AG)

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