South America Calling
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Mon Nov 4, 2013 09:14 AM CST

After a slow start, Brazilian soybean planting picked up the pace over the last three weeks as regular rainfall returned. Nearly half the 2013-14 crop has now been sown.

Ample soil moisture allowed field work to move forward briskly last week, and the area planted rose from 34% to 48% in the seven days to Nov. 1, according to AgRural, a local farm consultants. As a result, planting is now ahead of schedule, beating the five-year average of 44%.

Planting reached 72% of projected area in Mato Grosso, Brazil's largest soy-producing state, which is up from 53% last week and ...

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