LUIS EDUARDO MAGALHAES, Brazil (DTN) -- Brazilian soybean production has gone through a rapid evolution over the last 30 years.
The technology and materials employed on the crop have become ever more advanced as the world's No. 2 soybean producer expands.
For about 20 years after 1985, Brazilian soybean yields surged as technology and better farming practices developed and spread.
Average yields went from 20 bushels per acre in 1985-1986 to 42 bpa during the bumper 2002-2003 crop.
But despite continued advances in technology, genetics and crop management, yield growth has stuttered during the last five years.
"The seed and ...