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Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent

Wednesday 09/19/12

Fertilizer Gets to Brazilian Farmers in Time

So there was nothing to worry about then!

Fears that deliveries of imported fertilizer would not reach Brazilian farmers in time for soybean planting have proven unfounded.

Back August, a backlog of 90 ships waiting up to 60 days to unload fertilizer at Paranagua and Santos ports led farmer groups to fret the minerals wouldn't arrive before September planting. 

But distributors appear to have found a way to deliver. They have obviously dipped into stocks but the bottlenecks at ports have improved and, vitally, the late arrival of summer rains has forced producers to delay the start to the season.

According to the Mato Grosso Agricultural Economy Institute (IMEA), farmers have now received approximately 80% of the fertilizers they ordered before a bean has gone in the ground.

There were some problems with deliveries in July and August, but there have been no unfilled orders, said the institute.

The key factor appears to have been that distributors were granted an extra couple of weeks to work through the mess because September showers have arrived late. Scattered showers have fallen over western Mato Grosso and western Parana in the last few days, breaking the dry spell of around 90 days, and fieldwork should start there next week. However, many farmers there and further afield will wait, not least because meteorologists only forecast the return of consistent rain across the vast soy belt for later in October.

Fertilizer deliveries reached 3.45 million metric tons in August, up 10% on the year before, according to the Brazilian Fertilizer Distributors Association (ANDA).

Posted at 4:34PM CDT 09/19/12 by Alastair Stewart
Comments (1)
Any thoughts on the reports out of India that 1/3 of the Brazilian sugar processor are in severe financial trouble? One would think the big sugar crop would yield more ethanol and help isolate the low sugar prices.
Posted by Freeport IL at 1:30PM CDT 09/21/12
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