Oct 19, 2022

2022/23 Brazil First Corn 46% Planted vs. 45% Average

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

The 2022/23 first corn crop in Brazil was 46% planted as of late last week compared to 45% average according to AgRural. This represents an advance of 7% for the week. Planting would have been more advanced had it not been for wet weather in parts of southern Brazil.

Rio Grande do Sul - Farmers in Rio Grande do Sul had planted 66% of their 831,000 hectares of corn as of late last week compared to 65% last year and 59% average according to Emater. This represents an advance of only 2% for the week. The early corn development has been slow due to cold temperatures.

Parana - The Department of Rural Economics (Deral) reported that farmers in Parana had planted 75% of the first corn crop as of earlier last week. The corn is 20% germinating, 80% in vegetative development and the corn is rated 9% average and 91% good.

Santa Catarina - The southern state of Santa Catarina is Brazil's largest hog producing state, but the state always runs a corn deficit requiring imports of corn from other Brazilian states or from Paraguay or Argentina.

Farmers in the state have finished planting their 2022/23 corn and they reduced their corn acreage by 15%. According to the vice-president of the Agriculture and Livestock Federation of the State of Santa Catarina (Faesc), farmers reduced their corn acreage due to the high cost of production (double the production cost for soybeans) and a severe infestation of corn leafhoppers.

The early corn development has been slowed by excessive rains and cold temperatures.