leader in soybean production, now aims for record revenues.
municipality of Sorriso (460 km north of
which for years has maintained the title of world leader in soybean
acreage, is ready to start planting another crop. The producers are
at " the starting line". They are just waiting for the green light
from the weather people; ie: the onset of the rains to begin
planting and post another record season of productivity.
The President of
the Rural Union, Elso Pozzobon, recalled that last season, when the
sector planted soybeans in a certain period, without much
anticipation and delays, productivity had the best record of history
at 62 bags (56.83 bu/ac) per hectare on average.
"We never had a
yield like last years. It was very good.", he said. "There were a
combination of factors. The rains started in October, the rates of
diseases such as rust, for example, were very low and the weather
helped a lot and intensive use of fertilizers. We were
fortunate to plant with perfect timing," he added. Historically, the
average yield per harvest is 57 to 59 bags per hectare in the
So far no producer
has begun planting of the 11/12 crop, since the
rains have not appeared. "There was only one rain, but it was in town,
the field has not received a single drop of water and while it does
not rain, there is no way to start." As noted, some producers wanted
to move forward, thinking of a second crop of cotton or corn
success, but did not plant, "because it did not rain and they do not want
to risk anything." According to the union, predictions indicated
that the first precipitation would start from the beginning of this
week, but new findings show that the odds are changing and only in
the next few days is that the first rains should be recorded.
This year, the
municipality should plant 600,000 hectares of soybeans grown in the
same area as 2010/2011 season. The right planting time yielded a
harvest of more than 2 million tons of grain.
Diaro de Cuiaba -
Maria Helena Benedit