Oct 05, 2023

2023/24 Planting in Brazil Most Advanced in State of Parana

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

Farmers in the southern Brazilian state of Parana have been planting their 2023/24 soybeans and first corn crop at faster-than-average pace.

Planting the 2023/24 soybeans had surpassed 20% earlier this week according to the Department of Rural Economics (Deral). Planting is most advanced in the western and northwestern part of the state. Planting is slowest in the northern part of the state.

The weather has been favorable for planting and farmers are hoping it will stay that way with an El Nino that usually results in above normal rainfall during the growing season. The state is expected to produce 16 million tons of soybeans, but farmers are concerned about tight margins due to low soybean prices and the high cost of production.

Farmers have also planted 82% of their first corn crop as of earlier this week, which represents an advance of 11% for the week. The corn is 17% germinating, 83% in vegetative development and the corn is rated 5% average and 95% good. Corn planting is most advanced in southern Parana where corn planting is complete in some locations.

Elevated levels of corn leafhoppers have already been reported in southwestern Parana and farmers are being advised to monitor their fields and take appropriate action to control the pest.