May 31, 2024

2023/24 Safrinha Corn Harvest 4% Complete in Parana

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

In their latest monthly report, the Department of Rural Economics for the state of Parana (Deral) reduced their estimate of the 2023/24 safrinha corn crop in the state by 300,000 tons to 13.2 million. With this new reduction, the safrinha corn crop is now down 7% from the 14.3 million tons produced in 2022/23.

Deral cited hot and dry conditions during the growing season especially in western and northwestern parts of the state as the reason for the reduction. The state recently received some rainfall, which will help corn that is filling grain, but it came too late to help corn that is maturing. The forecast is calling for dry weather for at least the next two weeks.

Deral reported that 4% of the safrinha corn has been harvested and the remaining crop is 5% pollinating, 52% filling grain, and 43% maturing. The corn is rated 17% poor, 32% average, and 51% good. These ratings are similar to the prior week.

The harvest is most advanced in northwestern Parana where corn yields have been negatively impacted by dry weather. The harvest is also starting in western Parana where yields are satisfactory, but below initial expectations.

Parana is the second largest safrinha corn producing state in Brazil after Mato Grosso.