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Soy crop prospects fin South America down: Argentina excessive water, in Brazil lack of rain

Wednesday, November 7th 2012 - 04:27 UTC
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In Argentina 13 to 16 million hectares are flooded or too wet to plant In Argentina 13 to 16 million hectares are flooded or too wet to plant

South America’s crop prospects deteriorated because of excessive rainfall in Argentina and dry conditions in central Brazil, according to Oil World. Argentina’s estimated 55/56 million tons soybean crop could drop anywhere from 3 6o 6 million tons because of delays in sowing caused by torrential rains and flooding.

Brazil’s soybean-growing states of Mato Grosso, Mato Grosso do Sul, Goias and Minas Gerais have very low soil moisture and irreversible damage will occur if sufficient rain fails to arrive in the next two to three weeks, the Hamburg-based researcher wrote in an e-mailed report today.

“Forecasts of a record harvest in South America are premature, which has resulted in increased nervousness, particularly among consumers,” Oil World wrote.

“Torrential rainfall” in Argentina made field work impossible, with flooding or excessive wetness preventing farm machinery from entering fields for at least two weeks, according to Oil World. That means corn and sunflower planting will fall short of earlier estimates, the report showed.

The risk is growing that Argentina’s soybean crop will be 3 million to 6 million tons below initial estimates of 55 million to 56 million tons, Oil World wrote. The outlook for a Brazilian soybean crop of 81 million tons will “most likely” have to be cut, the researcher said.

An estimated 13 to 16 million hectares of primer farmland in Argentina are flooded or with excessive humidity, said the report.

“One common characteristic for both Argentina and Brazil: soybean plantings are significantly delayed, which will make it impossible for farmers to carry out their original intentions of early harvesting and crop delivery,” Oil World wrote.

The start of soybean harvesting may be delayed two to three weeks in both countries, keeping the world dependent on U.S. supplies for “longer than desired” in 2013, according to the researcher.

Argentina is the world’s third leading producer of soybeans behind Brazil and the US which are competing for the first place.

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  • British_Kirchnerist

    Shame too wet and too dry can't just average out at just right =(

    Nov 09th, 2012 - 11:44 am 0
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