Dryness Hits Southern Brazil Soybeans
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Fri Feb 7, 2014 03:41 PM CST

SAO PAULO, Brazil (DTN) -- Dry weather is sapping yield potential of the 2013-14 soybean crop in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil's southernmost state, the state farm agency (Emater) said Friday.

And with 80% of the crop in the sensitive flowering and pod-filling stages, the chances of real losses are mounting with each dry day, it said in its weekly report.

Rio Grande do Sul enjoyed substantial rains up to mid-January, but rainfall has declined since.

The reason is a hot air system sitting over Uruguay and northern Argentina, which is blocking the movement of rain-carrying cold fronts into the ...

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