South America Calling
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Fri Feb 12, 2016 03:21 PM CST

Reduced rainfall during this Carnival week allowed Brazilian farmers to accelerate harvest efforts, said AgRural, a local farm consultancy, Friday.

As a result, fieldwork progressed six percentage points to 16%, surpassing the 14% collected at the same point last year, it said.

Harvesting was particularly quick in Parana, Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo and Mato Grosso do Sul.

In Parana, the No. 2 soy state, soybeans were 30% harvest as of Friday, up from 23% at the same point last year.

In the center-west, showers benefited the crop without significantly hindering harvest efforts.

In Mato Grosso, the No. 1 soy state, ...

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