Brazil, one of the world's leading agricultural producers, expects a record grain harvest this year of 192.3 million tons, up 2.2% from 2013, the IBGE statistics agency said this week.
Production will grow chiefly because of a larger area under cultivation, with an increase of 5.9% from 53 million hectares in 2013 to 56.1 million hectares in 2014, the IBGE said.
Soybean, corn and rice, the country's three main crops, will make up 91% of the entire national harvest and take up 85% of all the land sown.
Soybean production will hit 86.5 million tons, a 5.8% increase over last year due to the growers' decision to invest in planting the legume as market prices rose relative to corn.
The total corn harvest is estimated at 76.2 million tons, down 5.4% from 2013, due to the growers' shift to soybeans this year.
As for rice, the harvest will come in at around 12.3 million tons, up 4.8%.
Among the products with shrinking harvests will be arabica coffee, down 12.8 percent, and sorghum, forecast to decline 10.6%, as well as sugarcane, off 0.1%.
Brazil, the world's largest producer and exporter of coffee, will harvest 1.98 tons of the bean this year.