SAO PAULO, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Brazil’s soybean planting for the 2021/2022 season reached 22% of the estimated area as of Oct. 14, making it the second-fastest in the South American food powerhouse for the period Agribusiness consultancy AgRural said on Monday.
Planting advanced 12 percentage points from last week and compared to 8% in the same period in 2020/2021, when field work was largely affected by erratic rains, AgRural said.
“It is the second best plantation in history for mid-October, only behind the 2018/2019 season,” said the consultant.
According to AgRural, Mato Grosso and Paraná, the country’s main grain-producing states, continued to lead planting, but some other states are gaining momentum at the moment.
For Brazil’s first corn harvest 2021/2022, AgRural said planting reached 45%, compared to 38% the week before and 44% the year before.
The consultant said that despite the overall good pace, excess humidity has affected field work in the southern states of Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina.
(Reporting by Gabriel Araujo. Edited in Spanish by Marion Giraldo)