Jul 12, 2023

Paraguay Safrinha Soy Harvest Complete, Corn Harvest Starting

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

Farmers in Paraguay are allowed to plant safrinha soybeans and safrinha corn if they choose. These are crops planted after the first crop of soybeans are harvested primarily in January. According to the consulting firm DASAGRO, harvesting of the safrinha soybean crop is complete with a nationwide yield of approximately 1,570 kg/ha (23.3 bu/ac).

Harvesting of the safrinha corn is getting underway with approximately 50% of the corn in the final stages of maturation and the other 50% filling grain. DASAGRO estimates that the average safrinha corn yield in Paraguay will be in the range of 5,700 kg/ha (90.6 bu/ac).

In neighboring Brazil, farmers are allowed to plant a second crop of corn following soybeans, but they are not allowed to plant a second crop of soybeans following soybeans. The reason for the prohibition is to help control the spread of soybean rust, which is the worst disease that could impact Brazilian soybeans. In fact, Brazilian farmers are not allowed to have any live soybean plants on their property for a 90-day period between growing seasons.