SAO PAULO (Reuters) – The second crop of corn 2021/22 reached until this Friday 19.89% of the area sown in Brazil, a weekly advance of 5.17 percentage points, according to a survey by consultancy Pátria AgroNegócios.
The works are ahead of the historical average for the period of 15.15%, the data showed.
Last season, when soybeans were delayed and corn went through severe climatic adversities, the cereal harvest was in 6.06% of the area in the country.
“Reports of harvest in the center-north of Brazil are still satisfactory, some records (especially in Tocantins), while in the center-south, productive disappointment has been taking over the advance of the harvest in the field,” Pátria said in a statement.
The consultancy also said that field work has slowed down this past week, in the face of slower progress in Mato Grosso.
Also this Friday, the Mato Grosso Institute of Agricultural Economics (Imea) reported that the state’s corn harvest reached 35.7% of the sown area, a weekly increase of 10.13 percentage points.
The historical average for the period is 24.6%, according to the institute linked to producers, which sees the harvest above average in the wake of a planting carried out mostly within the ideal window.
In the previous cycle, the works were in 9.71% of the area, according to Imea.
Despite some drought episodes in the current cycle, the largest corn producing state in the country is still expected to harvest a record crop of almost 40 million tons, counting on an increase in the planted area due to good prices.
(By Nayara Figueiredo and Roberto Samora)
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