Soybean planting in Mato Grosso -- Brazil's No. 1 producing state -- advanced 20 percentage points over last week after showers returned to break a month-long dry spell.
As of Friday, farmers had planted 40.5% of Mato Grosso's projected soybean area, according to the farm-sponsored Mato Grosso Agricultural Economy Institute (IMEA).
However, planting remains well behind schedule. At the same time last year, some 71.7% of the crop had been planted.
The return of rains came as a massive relief to farmers who are in a rush to plant so they ...