Oct 30, 2023

Prices of Cover Crop Seeds in Brazil Have Doubled Last Two Months

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

Seed companies in Brazil report that the prices of cover forages have nearly doubled the last two months due to strong demand. Cover crops have become an alternative for farmers in central Brazil if safrinha corn or safrinha cotton cannot be planted during the ideal planting window.

Soybean planting has been delayed in parts of central Brazil and some soybeans will need to be replanted whenever adequate rainfall returns. Farmers are especially sensitive this growing season about planting safrinha corn later than desired due to the low domestic corn prices and the possibility of an early end to the summer rainy season due to El Nino.

One of the most popular cover crops is brachiaria or signalgrass. It is a genus of plants in the grass family native to tropical and subtropical regions. There are over 100 species of brachiaria.