South America Calling
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Thu Oct 16, 2014 12:15 PM CDT

The sun is beating down on soybean farms across Mato Grosso, Brazil's No. 1 producing state, Thursday, extending the dry October that has stalled planting and messed up growers' crop planning.

"Farmers are nervous. They should be well into planting now, but the rain just doesn't come," said Nery Ribas, technical director at the Mato Grosso Soybean and Corn Growers Association (Aprosoja-MT).

The state, which accounts for around 30% of total Brazilian soy output, typically starts planting in the second half of September and accelerates at the beginning of October.

But the normally ample and clockwork-like spring rains have yet ...

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