Nov 10, 2021

2021/22 Brazil Soybeans 67% Planted, Weather Continues Beneficial

Author: Michael Cordonnier/Soybean & Corn Advisor, Inc.

The 2021/22 Brazil soybeans were 67% planted as of late last week compared to 56% last year. This reflects an increase of 15% for the week and the planting continues to be the second fastest, trailing only the 2018/19 growing season.

Weather last week in Brazil was generally favorable for soybean planting especially in central and northeastern Brazil. The forecast for this week is calling for good rains to continue across central Brazil with dry weather predominating in southern Brazil. The 6-10 day is forecasting good rains in central Brazil with some rain returning to southern Brazil.

Mato Grosso - The farmers in Mato Grosso had planted 95.7% of their soybeans as of late last week. This reflects an advance of 12.6% for the week and it is 12% ahead of average. Only the northeastern part of the state is below 90% planted. This rapid planting pace is not only good for the soybeans, but also for the safrinha corn which Imea estimates will be 92% planted within the ideal planting window (see later article).

Below is the soybean planting progress in Mato Grosso from the Mato Grosso Institute of Agricultural Economics (Imea). The red line is this year's progress, the dark line is last year's progress, and the dotted line is the five-year average. The green area is the maximum and minimum for the last five years.


Parana - In the municipality of Castro in eastern Parana, farmers have planted at least 60% of their soybeans and they are expecting good yields. The remaining soybeans will be planted after farmers in the region finish the wheat harvest in approximately 10 days. The wheat yields are good, but the quality was hurt by excessive rains at harvest.

Rio Grande do Sul - Farmers are actively planting their soybeans after the wheat is harvested. Farmers are concerned because the forecast is calling for below normal rainfall for the next two weeks. They are reporting problems sourcing Roundup and certified seed. Emater estimates that the wheat is 48% harvested, 40% is maturing, and 12% is filling grain.

Tocantins - In the municipality of Darcinopolis in northern Tocantins, farmers started planting their soybeans earlier than in recent years and they have planted half of their intended soybeans. If the weather cooperates, yields are expected to be in the range of 55 sacks per hectare (49 bu/ac).

Northeastern Brazil - Farmers are actively planting their soybeans, but the forecast is calling for ample rainfall this week which may slow planting progress.