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Major Brazil Soybean Grower to Cut Fertilizer Use Amid Shortage

  • SLC Agricola says it’s possible cut fertilizer and keep yields
  • Most of Brazil’s farmers will adopt similar strategy, CEO says
Soybeans are harvested on a farm near Brasilia, Brazil.

Soybeans are harvested on a farm near Brasilia, Brazil.

Photographer: Andressa Anholete/Bloomberg

One of Brazil’s largest farmers is planning to reduce fertilizer use by a quarter next season, relying on more precise applications and soil testing to maintain crop yields. 

SLC Agricola SA, which cultivates an area bigger than Delaware with soybeans, corn and cotton, will probably use between 20% and 25% less fertilizer in 2022-2023 without jeopardizing yields, according to Chief Executive Officer Aurelio Pavinato. The decision on whether and where cut applications will be based on soil testing and precision agriculture, tools already adopted by the firm for several years.