Jan 10, 2022

Early Soybean Harvesting Starting Slowly in Brazil

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

Harvesting of the 2021/22 soybean crop in Brazil is starting off relatively slowly. Wet weather in central Brazil is keeping the combines out of the field while hot and dry weather in southern Brazil is negatively impacting the crop.

Farmers in Brazil had harvested 0.2% of their 2021/22 soybeans as of late last week compared to 0% last year and 0.3% average. In the largest soybean producing state of Mato Grosso, the soybeans were 0.6% harvested compared to 0% last year and 0.75% average. In 2020, the soybeans in the state were 1.8% harvested.

Soybean yields in Mato Grosso are expected to be good, but farmers are worried that persistent overcast skies and a lack of sunshine for the last two months may hold down the soybean yields.

In the state of Parana in southern Brazil, the soybeans were 0.1% harvested as of late last week compared to 0.67% average. The harvest has started first in the western and southwestern parts of the state that have been impacted by hot and dry conditions since early December. The adverse weather hit the soybeans in the state as they were filling pods and yield losses may be as high as 50%.