Soybean harvest in RS advances little and national pace is below average

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     Porto Alegre, April 18, 2022 – The harvest of the new Brazilian soybean season made little progress at national level last week. Although the work is virtually completed in the Midwest and Southeast and is advancing at a satisfactory pace in most of the North and Northeast states, the delays registered in the South Region, especially Rio Grande do Sul, made the national percentage fall below the five-year average for the first time this season. Higher moisture registered in the northern half of the state of Rio Grande do Sul prevented a better advance of harvesters, besides delaying the development of some crops.

     According to a survey carried out by SAFRAS & Mercado, until April 14, 87.2% had been reaped from a total planted area of 40.78 mln hectares, equivalent to approximately 35.578 mln hectares. In the previous week, the percentage was 85.5%. In the same period of the previous year, the percentage was 88.2%. The five-year average for the period is 88.6%.

     In Rio Grande do Sul, out of a total sown area of 6.3 mln hectares, 38% were reaped, or approximately 2.394 mln hectares. In the previous week, the percentage was 35%. In the same period last year, the percentage was 55%. The five-year average for the period is 65.2%.

     In Paraná, out of a total area of 5.65 mln hectares sown, 96% were reaped, or the equivalent of approximately 5.424 mln hectares. In the previous week, the percentage was 92%. In the same period last year, the percentage was 99%, while the five-year average for the period is 97.2%.

     In Mato Grosso, out of a total sown area of 10.9 mln hectares, 100% were reaped. The week earlier, the percentage was 100%. In the same period last year, the percentage was 100%. The five-year average for the period is 100%.

     In Mato Grosso do Sul, out of a total sown area of 3.8 mln hectares, 100% were reaped. The week earlier, the percentage was 100%. In the same period last year, the percentage was 100%, while the five-year average for the period is 100%.

     In Goiás, out of a total sown area of 3.94 mln hectares, 99% were reaped, or approximately 3.901 mln hectares. In the previous week, the percentage was 99%. In the same period last year, the percentage was 99%. The five-year average for the period is 99.2%.

     In São Paulo, out of a total sown area of 1.22 mln hectares, 98% were reaped, or approximately 1.196 mln hectares. In the previous week, the percentage was 96%. In the same period last year, the percentage was 98%, while the five-year average for the period is 99%.

     In Minas Gerais, out of a total area estimated at 2 mln hectares, 99% were reaped, or approximately 1.98 mln hectares. In the previous week, the percentage was 98%. In the same period of the previous year, the percentage was 98%. The five-year average for the period is 96.2%.

     In Bahia, out of a total sown area of 1.78 mln hectares, 97% were reaped, or approximately 1.727 mln hectares. In the previous week, the percentage was 94%. In the same period last year, the percentage was 80%. The five-year average for the period is 58.8%.

     Weather reports point to a dry climate over most of the states in the South, Midwest and Southeast regions in the period between April 14 and 20, which must allow a better advance of harvesters, mainly in the South Region. It must rain in the North and Northeast, with a large accumulation forecast for some states.

     In the period between April 21 and 27, the rains must be back over a good part of the South Region, besides remaining in part of the North Region. Other regions must receive little or no moisture.

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