Hot, dry conditions allowed soybean harvesting to move forward last week in the Mato Grosso and Parana, Brazil's largest soy-producing states, AgRural, a local farm consultancy, said.
Harvesting of the 2014-15 crop is now 3% complete, on a par with last year, it said.
But all is not going smoothly.
Despite showers falling over the last week, crops in parts of Brazil's northeast, center-west and southeast still need much more rain.
Unless that rain arrives, AgRural will be forced to lower its Brazilian crop estimate of 95 million metric tons (mmt) in ...