Fri Oct 9, 2015 05:23 PM CDT Speedy soybean planting in Parana is offsetting the slow start to the season in Mato Grosso and overall Brazilian soybean planting at 8% complete is only slightly slower than the five-year average of 9% complete.
Fri Oct 2, 2015 10:45 AM CDT Brazil's official September corn export numbers came in unexpectedly low, but exporters say the figures have been distorted by bureaucracy and the country remains on course for record shipments in the 2015-16 season.
Tue Sep 29, 2015 12:20 PM CDT Brazil's farm customs strike entered its 12th day with grain and meat exporters complaining of mounting backlogs. However, after fruitful talks, the customs inspectors union expects a resolution to the dispute by the end of the week.
Mon Sep 28, 2015 01:12 PM CDT Soybean planting in Brazil has gotten off to a quick start in the southern state of Parana but has been sluggish in Mato Grosso, the main soy state, as farmers await rain.
Thu Sep 24, 2015 03:53 PM CDT Brazil has so far imported less wheat in 2015 than the year before, but crop losses following bad weather in the south of the country may lead to a surge in incoming shipments in the last quarter.
Fri Sep 18, 2015 02:55 PM CDT Brazilian ethanol exports surged over the last two months as the devaluation of the Brazilian real made shipping very competitive. However, surging local demand has caused domestic prices to rise in the last couple of weeks, and the export window may have closed.
Wed Sep 16, 2015 09:46 AM CDT Brazilian fertilizer sales in August came in close to last year's reinforcing ideas that demand had rebounded in the second half of 2015 and the soybean crop will not be as under-fertilized as first anticipated.
Thu Sep 10, 2015 12:20 PM CDT Standard & Poor's downgraded Brazilian sovereign debt to junk status late Wednesday, deepening the economic and political malaise. In the short term, it will make Brazil more competitive as the real weakens, but economic uncertainty is also the enemy of the farmer.
Wed Sep 9, 2015 11:06 AM CDT New estimates reinforce idea that Brazil will increase soybean area when planting begins later this month. However, dry weather in Mato Grosso may mean a slow start to the season.
Wed Sep 2, 2015 11:29 AM CDT Brazil's crop chemical market will remain firm in 2015-16 despite rising prices caused by the devaluation of the Brazilian real. A decline in soybean insecticide demand as Bt seed use spreads will be offset by stronger corn and cotton demand.
Tue Sep 1, 2015 09:43 AM CDT The use of genetically engineered varieties in Brazilian soybean, corn and cotton crops will rise 3.9% in 2015-16 as farmers employ more of the newly released stacked seeds, according to a survey conducted by Celeres, a local farm consultancy.
Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:48 AM CDT Brazilian fertilizer demand rose in July, indicating a possible late surge in orders ahead of the 2015-16 summer grain crop. Greater availability of credit and rising local prices have been key.