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Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul Soybeans 99% Planted, 97% Germinated

Dec. 21 (Bloomberg) -- 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.

Rio Grande do Sul ranks behind the states of Mato Grosso and Parana in soybean production, government statistics show. The state is also Brazil’s fourth-biggest corn grower.

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.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rudy Ruitenberg in Paris at rruitenberg@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net

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