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Withering Crops Highlight La Nina Fears for Brazil Soy Farmers

  • Crop estimate in top grower Parana was cut by 12% on weather
  • Dryness may trim output in the world’s largest exporter
A Soy Harvest As Crop Futures Fall On Brazil Real Crash And Virus Woes
Photographer: Patricia Monteiro/Bloomberg

The impact of the La Nina weather pattern that’s expected to roil global food markets in coming months is already showing up in parts of Brazil, the world’s biggest soybean exporter.

In 20 years as a soybean farmer, Adriano Marco Vivian has never seen his fields so dry, with leaves burnt by excessive heat and lack of rain. La Nina can mean drought in many growing areas, including southern Brazil.