Jun 21, 2022

Safrinha Corn in Brazil 11.4% Harvested

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

The safrinha corn in Brazil was 11.4% harvested as of late last week compared to 2.8% last year according to AgRural. This represents an advance of 4.8% for the week. The harvest pace is fastest in Mato Grosso where 26.9% of the corn has been harvested compared to 3.9% last year and 13.9% average. This represents an advance of 10.7% for the week. The harvest is ahead of average in Mato Grosso due to early planting and harvesting of the 2021/22 soybean crop.

The safrinha corn harvest is slowest in Parana and Mato Grosso do Sul. The corn in those states still has high grain moisture due to below average temperatures and in some cases, June rainfall. There were light scattered frosts in western Parana and southern Mato Grosso do Sul earlier last week, but they were not expected to cause yield losses. The cold temperatures slowed down the grain drying keeping the harvest pace slow.

The Department of Rural Economics for the state of Parana (Deral) reported earlier last week that the safrinha corn in the state was 5% pollinating, 63% filling grain, 32% mature, and 1% harvested. The corn was rated 5% poor, 16% average, and 79% good.

Farmers in Parana are harvesting the corn at higher moisture because they want to harvest the corn before the stalks start to break down due to the virus passed along by the corn leaf hoppers. Unfortunately, prices paid to the farmers are being discounted when they deliver the high moisture corn to the local co-op or grain elevator.