Nov 17, 2023

First Crop Corn Planting Nearing Completion in Parana, Brazil

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

Planting of the 2023/24 first corn crop in Parana is nearing completion. The corn is 96% planted with 2% germinating, 86% in vegetative development, 14% pollinating, and 3% filling grain according to the Department of Rural Economics (Deral). The corn is rated 3% poor, 16% average, and 81% good. The most advanced corn development is in southwestern Parana.

Heavy rains across the state for the last two months slowed the planting and now farmers are concerned about increased disease pressure and the control of corn leafhoppers.

Statewide, soybean planting is approximately 85% complete. In the municipality of Cascavel in western Parana, the soybean planting is essentially complete with 1-2% germinating, 60-70% in vegetative development, and 25-35% flowering. Farmers are concerned about recent hot and humid conditions which could encourage fungal diseases.

Farmers in the state have been slow to forward contract their anticipated soybean and corn production due to low prices. The state of Parana is a major producer of first crop corn and the second largest producer of soybeans in Brazil after Mato Grosso.