Oct 10, 2023

2023/24 First Corn Crop in Brazil 37% Planted vs. 39% Last Year

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

Brazil's 2023/24 first corn crop was 37% planted as of last week compared to 39% last year according to AgRural. This represents an advance of 5% for the week. Corn planting in the three southern states of Parana, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul is well advanced. Planting in the states of Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, and Goias is getting started where there is enough soil moisture.

Parana - Farmers have also planted 82% of their first corn crop as of last 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.

Rio Grande do Sul - The 2023/24 corn in the state was 62% planted as of late last week. The crop has now taken on a healthier appearance after several weeks of cloudy skies and wet conditions that reduced photosynthetic activity.

Brazil's safrinha corn crop, which represents approximately 75% of Brazil's total corn production will be planted in January and February.