Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Soybeans in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul state, the country’s third-biggest grower, were 50 percent planted as of yesterday, compared with 59 percent sown at the same time last year, farm advisory service Emater/RS reported.
Planting completion rose from 42 percent a week ago, meaning 8 percent of the area was seeded in the past seven days compared with 14 percent in the year-earlier period, Emater/RS data show. The crop was 47 percent germinated compared with 38 percent a week earlier, the service wrote in an online report.
Rain this week will improve germination and initial crop development, after heat and a lack of rain hurt sprouting for part of the crop and in some cases killed plants due to high soil temperatures, the service wrote. Yields will be lower in fields that had to be replanted, Emater/RS wrote.
Mato Grosso is Brazil’s biggest soybean producer, followed by Parana, government statistics show. Rio Grande do Sul is also Brazil’s fourth-biggest corn grower.
Corn planting was 80 percent done as of yesterday, compared with 75 percent at the same time last year as well as a week earlier, while 20 percent of the crop was flowering, from 15 percent at the same time last year, according to Emater/RS.
Rio Grande do Sul is forecast to get “regular and well-distributed” rainfall in the period through Dec. 6, with more than 150 millimeters (5.9 inches) of rain in the south and 50 to 80 millimeters in other regions, according to Emater/RS.
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