Foreign media news on August 25: Meteorologists said that Brazil’s 2022/23 soybean planting work is expected to start in mid-September, when there will be rains that will help planting in the main producing areas.
With sufficient soil moisture, farmers can plant soybeans as planned. Timely planting of soybeans is also critical for good yields of other crops. Brazilian farmers tend to sow corn and cotton after the soybean harvest.
If planting of the second crop is delayed, it is more vulnerable to the risk of dry weather in the Midwest and frosts in the South, as the crop growth phase is closer to the cold season.
Marc Antonio Santos, an agricultural meteorologist at private weather agency Rural Clima, said that by mid-September, Brazil could expect rain, both in the south and north-central, even with La Niña. This will create favorable conditions for the planting of new beans.
Many producers are ready to start planting soybeans in September, but many will start planting in October, because the rainfall in October is more regular and the risk of planting is less. Santos said that the September rainfall does not mean that the rainfall will be regular, “however, these rainfalls [starting in September] will not be synonymous with fully regular rainfall, in fact, it will not appear until after mid-October. Rain falls, so growers need to be careful.
However, increased rainfall in September provided a good start for new bean planting. On Wednesday, Brazil’s National Commodities Supply Corporation (CONAB) projected a 21% increase in soybean production in 2022/23 to more than 150 million tonnes.
Nadia Pereira, a meteorologist at Climatempo, another private weather agency, said there shouldn’t be a significant delay in rainfall this year, but the initial rain will be fairly irregular. But Mato Grosso, Brazil’s top soybean-producing region, will see plenty of rain in September. In the Midwest, rainfall should increase in the second half of September, with Mato Grosso raining first to regularize. In late September and October, rainfall will move inland to the Southeast and Midwest, with more regular rainfall in Minas Gerais, Goias and Mato Grosso in October.