Feb 02, 2022

First Corn Crop in Parana 14% Harvested, Safrinha 10% Planted

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

In their latest weekly report, the Department of Rural Economics (Deral) for the state of Parana in southern Brazil reported that the first corn crop in the state was 1% in vegetative development, 5% flowering, 44% filling pods, 50% maturing, and 14% harvested. The corn was rated 24% poor, 37% average, and 39% good.

The municipalities where the corn is rated the lowest include Cascavel in the western part of the state (100% poor), Toledo in the western area (80% poor), Laranjeiras do Sul in the southern area (56% poor), and Campo Mourao (west-central area) , Francisco Beltrao (southern area) and Maringa (northern area) all three are 50% poor.

As soon as the soybeans are harvested, farmers want to plant their safrinha corn as quickly as possible. The safrinha corn in Parana is 10% planted compared to 5% the prior week. The safrinha corn acreage in the state is estimated at 2.5 million hectares (6.17 million acres), whereas the first corn crop acreage is estimated at 434,800 hectares (1.07 million acres). Therefore, the first corn crop equates to 15% of Parana's corn acreage and the safrinha corn equates to 85% of the state's corn acreage.

The ideal planting window for safrinha corn in Parana closes about the third week of February, but farmers would like to plant their safrinha corn before then to avoid the possibility of an early frost before the corn is mature.