CROPS NEWS
Brazil Soy Planting Finishes
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:46 AM CST

SAO PAULO, Brazil (DTN) -- The Brazilian soybean season enters a new phase with producers finishing planting in the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul just as harvesting starts in Mato Grosso, the No. 1 producing state in the center-west.

At both ends of Brazil's massive soybean belt, the outlook remains generally good, strengthening forecasts of a bumper crop of 81 million metric tons or more.

The handful of farmers who took a punt on planting soybeans in early September have started harvesting in the north, center-north and west of Mato Grosso over the last couple of days

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