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· Rain Keeps Corn, Soybean Harvests Well Behind Average Pace
· 36% of U.S. soybeans, 22% of corn harvested
· Brazil's 2017/18 grain output may drop due to weather -Conab
Rain Keeps Corn, Soybean Harvests Well Behind Average Pace
By Tony Dreibus, Successful Farming
The U.S. corn and soybean harvests are still behind pace as rainfall in the past week kept growers out of fields.
About 22% of the U.S. corn crop was harvested as of Sunday vs. 17% last week and the prior five-year average of 37%, the Department of Agriculture said in a report today.
In Iowa, only 8% was collected, up from 6% last week, but well behind the average of 28% for this time of year. Some 38% of the Illinois crop was in the bin vs. 21% seven days earlier and the average of 52%, the USDA said.
Some 64% of the crop was rated good or excellent compared with 63% last week, the USDA said.
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36% of U.S. soybeans, 22% of corn harvested
By John Perkins, Brownfield
October 10, 2017
The U.S. soybean harvest made a solid advance last week. At 36%, the pace is still behind last year and the five year average, but was up 14% from the previous week’s figure. 89% of the crop is dropping leaves, compared to 87% on average, and 61% is rated good to excellent, up 1% on the week, when conditions generally decline as harvest picks up steam.
22% of corn is harvested, only up 5% on the week and well behind average, with maturity still slower than normal and a number of producers focusing on beans. The corn condition rating also went against seasonal trends, up 1% to 64% good to excellent.
48% of winter wheat is planted...
Brazil's 2017/18 grain output may drop due to weather -Conab
Reporting by Ana Mano and José Roberto Gomes in São Paulo; Additional reporting by Jake Spring in Brasília; Writing by Ana Mano; Editing by W Simon, Paul Simao and Jonathan Oatis, Reuters
October 10, 2017
SAO PAULO, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Brazilian farmers will likely produce a smaller amount of corn and soy in the 2017/18 season due to less favorable weather than the prior crop year, food supply and statistics agency Conab said on Tuesday.
In its first forecast for the 2017/18 crop, Conab estimated Brazilian grain production at between 224.1 million tonnes and 228.2 million tonnes, compared with 238.5 million tonnes in the prior cycle. The lower end of the range would represent a 6 percent drop in output.
“The highly favorable climate conditions that contributed to a record grain output last season are unlikely to be repeated,” Conab said in a statement.
Soy and corn will account for about 89 percent of Brazil’s grains output.
The government now expects areas planted with soybeans in Brazil to grow by an average of 2.7 percent from the prior season to up to 35.2 million hectares.
“Soy has been offering higher liquidity and yield prospects compared with other crops,” Conab said.
At the same time, the corn area planted in the summer may drop by up to 10.1 percent...
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