Oct 26, 2023

Soybean Planting Pace in Parana Still Ahead of Average but Slowing

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

During the first few weeks of the 2023/24 growing season, farmers in the state of Parana in southern Brazil planted their soybeans at the fastest pace in five years, but the rapid planting pace has slowed.

The Department of Rural Economics (Deral) is reporting that farmers have planted 58% of their intended soybeans compared to 44% in 2022 and 60% in 2021. This represents an advance of 12% for the week. The planting pace has slowed especially in the southern part of the state due to frequent rains resulting from El Nino.

The soybeans are 28% germinating, 72% in vegetation development and rated 8% average and 92% good. Parana is the second largest soybean producing state in Brazil responsible for approximately 14% of Brazil soybean production. Mato Grosso is the largest soybean producing state responsible for approximately 27% of Brazil's soybean production.

The first corn crop in Parana is 91% planted compared to 82% last year. This represents an advance of 2% for the week. The corn is 5% germinating, 95% in vegetative development and rated 2% poor, 11% average, and 87% good. In southwestern Parana, farmers are reporting a high incidence of corn leafhoppers. Most of the corn in Parana is planted as a second crop following soybeans.

Farmers in the state have harvested 84% of their winter wheat compared to 63% last year. This represents an advance of 4% for the week. Virtually all the wheat in Parana is followed by a crop of soybeans.