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Dryness Hits Brazil Late Soy
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Tue Feb 11, 2014 08:51 AM CST

SAO PAULO, Brazil (DTN) -- Hot, dry conditions during February in Brazil's south, southeast and beyond are hurting late-planted soybeans, which are in reproductive stages, local farm consultancy AgRural said on Monday.

If temperatures don't drop and rains don't return before Feb. 15, the consultancy said it will lower its Brazilian crop forecast of 88.8 million metric tons.

Concerns are counterbalanced by reports of good early yields in the center-west, which hasn't been greatly affected by the dry spell, with Mato Grosso, the No. 1 soy state, performing particularly well.

Brazil's soybean harvest is picking up pace. As of Friday, ...

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