After a Disastrous 2006 Grain Crop Brazil Looks Forward to 2007

Wheat field in Brazil Brazilian wheat production this year should total 4.1 million tons, an increase of 66.3% compared with the production in 2006, which was severely affected by climate factors. This information comes from the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), which disclosed its estimates for July.

IBGE's Systematic Survey of Agricultural Production (LSPA) points to a total production of 133.4 million tons of cereals and leguminous and oleaginous plants.

According to the acting manager at LSPA, Paulo Monassa, the increase is a result of more favorable weather conditions than those experienced so far.

Nevertheless, he highlights the fact that the occurrence of frost in the southern Brazilian state of Paraná is leading to crop damage, which may reduce production this year in 500,000 to 800,000 tons.

"Still, wheat production will surpass last year's. But we will only be able to have a more exact idea of the damage to the wheat harvest after the first half of this month."

Grain Crop

The Brazilian grain production should grow by 7% compared with the previous crop, totaling 131.15 million tons, according to the 11th survey conducted by the National Food Supply Company (Conab). In a comparison with the previous month, the increase is 0.5%.

Whole cottonseed culture, according to the Conab press office, recorded the most significant increase, at 41.7%, followed by maize, at 19.1%, and soy, at 6.2%. Rice production saw a 3.3% reduction.

The survey was conducted from July 23rd to 27th, by 53 Conab technicians who visited 416 municipalities.

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