SAO PAULO, March 14 (Reuters) – Farmers in central-southern Brazil had planted 94% of their area to second-crop maize as of the end of last week, agribusiness consultancy AgRural said on Monday, while growers scrambled to implant the grain within the ideal climatic window.
This represents an increase of 20 percentage points in the area sown compared to the same period last year, said AgRural.
The ideal planting window is in the first two months of the year for farmers in large producing states such as Mato Grosso.
Brazil’s second crop corn, which is grown after soybeans are harvested in the same fields, represents between 70% and 75% of the country’s total production and allows the country to increase competition with corn exports from the United States. United in the second half of the year
The government expects Brazil’s corn production to grow 29% this season to 112.3 million tonnes, including first and second-grade corn.
The increase will be driven by increased second-season corn production, which is expected to reach 86.2 million tons from 60.7 million last season.
Last year, drought and frost spoiled part of the second-class maize, which reduced supply and exports and raised the cost of feed for national slaughterhouses.
AgRural said Brazilian farmers had harvested 64% of their soybean acreage, up from 46% at the same time a year earlier.
In Mato Grosso, Brazil’s main grain-producing state, the soybean harvest is practically complete, as is the case in Goias and Mato Grosso do Sul, AgRural said.
(Reporting by Ana Mano; Editing in Spanish by Javier Leira)