Soybeans in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul state, the country’s third-biggest grower, were 97 percent germinated as of yesterday, compared with 90 percent at the same time last year, farm advisory service Emater/RS reported.
Farmers had planted 99 percent of the crop, up from 96 percent last week, an online report by Emater/RS showed, while last year planting was done as of Dec. 6.
Germination increased from 94 percent a week ago, 82 percent in the week before that and 47 percent three weeks ago as rain boosted plant development, allowing the crop to catch up a delay against last season, Emater said.
Corn planting was 95 percent done as of yesterday, up from 90 percent a week ago and compared with 80 percent at the same time last year, Emater/RS wrote. Six percent of the crop was mature and ready for harvesting, compared with none a year earlier and a five-year average of 1 percent.
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