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Brazil soybean planting forecast to break a record for the ninth year running

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Soybean production in Mato Grosso do Sul reached a record high of 9.558 million tons in the 2017/18 harvest. The information was announced by the president of the Famasul System – MS Federation of Agriculture and Livestock, Mauricio Saito. The record result is 1 million tonnes higher than 2016/17. The verified productivity also reached historical mark of 59.2 sacks per hectare.

Soybean planted area in Brazil is forecast to set a record for the ninth consecutive year at 35.8 million hectares, according to an April 24 Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

According president of the Famasul System, Maurício Saito, the entrepreneurial profile of rural South-Mato Grosso is a determining characteristic for the numbers verified in the season. “The news today is of an oilseed supersafra in Mato Grosso do Sul, and the farmers are the ones responsible for strong numbers,” he explains.

Per the Governor of South-Mato Grosso, Reinaldo Azambuja, the good performance in the field is a result of the partnership between public, representative and research institutions.

The 2% increase in planted area in 2018-19 is due to expectations of higher process, higher-than-expected demand from Chinese buyers, and an increase in domestic soybean consumption, the report said.

Production is forecast to reach 115 million tons, which would be the country’s second largest soybean crop ever.

“Despite the record planted area, production is forecast slightly lower than the previous year based on yields trend,” the USDA said. “Productivity during the 2017-18 and 2016-17 seasons were way above trend because of ideal weather conditions throughout Brazil and excellent performance by new technologies in the market.”

The report said domestic crush is forecast at 44 million tons in 2018-19, with the increase being “a result of the continuation of the economic recovery in Brazil as well as expect demand.”

It said Brazil has an estimated crushing capacity of 62 million tons, of which 70% is expected to be utilized this year. As a result, no new investments in crushing facilities are expected in Brazil in the short term.

Soybean exports are forecast at 67 million tons, with strong demand expected from China, the report said. That is down slightly from last year’s export record of 69 million tons.