Soy Frontier at Middle Age - 2
Alastair Stewart South America Correspondent
Mon May 18, 2015 11:23 AM CDT

SAO PAULO (DTN) -- Mato Grosso has transformed from a backwater deep at the heart of the South American continent into one of the world's premier grain-producing regions over the last 15 years.

That transformation has brought prosperity. Lucas do Rio Verde, one of the state's main soybean district in the north, ranks in the top 250 of Brazil towns for development, according to the United Nation's human development index. That's not bad for somewhere without grid electricity until the late 1990s.

But growing soybeans and corn in the middle of the continent brings great logistical challenges. Most of Mato ...

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