Corn, cotton output push Brazil harvest to record

From Argus Media

Published date: 10 September 2019

Brazil’s grains and oilseeds crop rose by 6.4pc to a record 242mn metric tonnes (t) in the 2018-2019 harvest, boosted by increased corn and cotton output.

The total compared with 227.7mn t from last year’s crop, the country’s agricultural statistics agency Conab said in its final report on the season ended 30 June.

The corn harvest rose by 24pc to a record 100mn t in 2018-19 from the prior year. The final number was pulled higher by favorable weather conditions for winter corn, which accounts for nearly two thirds of all the country’s cereal production.

Cotton lint output rose by 36pc to 2.7mn t, also a record, from the 2017-18 harvest. Conab cited attractive currency exchange rates and commodity prices as key factors for the acreage expansion, especially in the states of Bahia and Mato Grosso. Brazilian cotton producers sowed 1.61mn hectares (3.95mn acres) in 2018-19, a 38pc increase on the prior year.

Soybean output fell by 3.6pc to 115mn t, down from the prior harvest but still the second largest on record. The crop was impacted by hot, dry weather between December-January, an important period for development of the crop.

Output of wheat came in at 5.4mn t, nearly flat on the year, Conab said. Wheat imports were estimated at 7.2mn t for 2019, according to Conab. Brazil is a net importer of the cereal.

Brazil planted 63.2mn ha with grains and oilseed in the season ended in June.

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Robert W Turner
September 16, 2019 10:23 am

Record crop yields are a sign that global crop yields will soon crash due to global warming.

Paul Penrose
Reply to  Robert W Turner
September 16, 2019 10:46 am

You forgot the /sarc tag.

Reply to  Paul Penrose
September 16, 2019 12:36 pm

Didn’t need it. }:-P~

Rich Davis
Reply to  Robert W Turner
September 16, 2019 2:02 pm

This must be fake news. Corn simply cannot be growing in Brazil. If it did grown in a jungle, that would mean that our present climate catastrophe would not actually harm corn production in more temperate climates like Iowa, right? And we know for sure that Climate Change (TM) is going to wipe out food production. So, fake news!

Do I really need /sarc?

September 16, 2019 10:48 am

Evidently a little CO2 goes a long way.

September 16, 2019 11:18 am

I guess global warming scare is not suited to crop yields. It’s more successful with floods, droughts, and storm news.

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  ResourceGuy
September 16, 2019 2:13 pm

And the BBC news. They are currently going full throttle slanting anything weather related as doomsday scare stories. I guess there are climate jamborees coming up shortly.

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
September 16, 2019 4:50 pm

They clearly need to steer clear of sectors that have good data.

September 16, 2019 11:29 am

Last year,Brazil elected a new president. According to VOX he is FAR RIGHT.
Oh! the horror of it, He is said to be kinda like Trump !
Do you suppose he is changing laws and getting the economy rolling.
I will bet that CO2 is helping also.

Walter Sobchak
September 16, 2019 11:52 am

If they can have crops in Brazil which is in the tropics, we can have crops in North America, even if there is 2 degrees of warming.

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
September 16, 2019 1:06 pm

Something interesting …

“Due to the tropical climate and long growing season in Brazil, the crop production cycles in Brazil are much more complicated than the traditional cropping cycles found in the United States. Below is a month-by-month account of what to expect during the Brazilian growing season as well the typical weather expected during each month.”

Go to this link and check out each month ….

Walter Sobchak
Reply to  Marv
September 16, 2019 2:45 pm

And, American Farmers are too stupid to deal with those changes. /sarc

Reply to  Walter Sobchak
September 16, 2019 4:54 pm

Stupid is as stupid does. It depends on what US farm programs are steering them into next.

Reply to  Marv
September 17, 2019 9:41 am

Are you sure those aren’t crop circles?

September 16, 2019 12:35 pm

I’m pretty sure we were all going to starve to death. Nachos and bourbon all around.

Reply to  bluecat57
September 16, 2019 5:18 pm

mmmm Nachos

Reply to  ggm
September 16, 2019 7:46 pm

mmmm Bourbon

Steve Z
September 16, 2019 12:39 pm

Global Warming is killing the Amazon rain forest!!! Somebody forgot to tell the Brazilian farmers their harvest is supposed to be lower!

Reply to  Steve Z
September 17, 2019 8:39 pm

The Brazilians are killing their rain forest. Feeding one’s people is certainly important but at sea, the farm run off they are now emitting is causing a massive sargassum explosion throughout the Caribbean and south Atlantic. Festering mats of decomposing weed is piling up many feet deep on all Caribbean islands. Passing through the mats at sea is increasingly difficult. Fishing is nearly impossible. They need to exercise care in their fertilizer application and better manage run off.

September 16, 2019 1:39 pm

sadly due to cooler temps and rains lot of corn/soybean farmers in midwest here having issues. I subscribe to a bunch of farming channels on youtube and there may be shortages here.
from what I can tell spring/winter wheat crops have decent yields per acre but the corn/soybean growers having issues and will (they suspect) be harvesting mid october (weeks after normal) which then drives a cover crop planting issue.
time will tell.

Reply to  dmacleo
September 16, 2019 1:52 pm

Simple solution. Stop burning it as fuel.

Reply to  TomB
September 16, 2019 7:50 pm


Is there anything dumber than burning the world’s food supplies for an inefficient fuel whose use emits more CO2 and pollutants than gasoline and which destroys engines in the process?

Burning food is was raised food prices and led to the Arab Spring if you recall.
Unfortunately, it is now a Government Program and, as such, has eternal life.

Reply to  TomB
September 17, 2019 6:09 am

the farmers I watch are using for silage not ethanol

September 16, 2019 3:06 pm

Ah yes, but then there’s the nutritional-density-dilution argument (i.e., greater yield reduces nutrition per plant), which has never been resolved in my own thinking.

Shall we rehash this again, to gain clarity?

Reply to  Robert Kernodle
September 17, 2019 6:54 am

sarc.? a 1 % reduction in nutritive value per kg of yield but a 40% increase in yield kgs…..

September 16, 2019 3:33 pm

So, no damage to crop production in Brazil due to increased CO2m in fact quite the opposite. The Climate Alarmists and Warmistas will have to fall back to the second line of defence with floods, droughts, hurricanes and other storm damage news.

September 16, 2019 6:13 pm

Farmers left to their own thinking know what crops to plant, depending on their local weather. They could not care les about the so called world climate nonsense. All wether is local.

Australia is a vat country, almost the same size as the Continental USA, so like them farmers here grows plants which suit their local weather. Here the grains are a winter crop, April to about November.

Many farmers run sheep as a second thing, after reaping the grain the sheep are put into the Paddock and somewhat reluctantly eat the stubble, and in the process fertilise the soil. Our climate is mild so all livestock is outdoors during the winter.


September 16, 2019 10:08 pm

Folks there seems to be some misconception on BZL ag production. In response to the US/China trade war, farmers are converting grazing land to crop production, sbns, corn, cotton, rice. They are responding to upward price pressure from increased Chinese buying because they aren’t sourcing as much in the US. This is very similar to the USSR and the Carter embargo, USSR found other sources like Australia, Canada, Argentina and increased the production in those countries as a result of new demand. China is angling world wide for larger streams of raw materials for industrial and food consumption. Toward that end they are providing funding transportation corridors to speed up shipment from the growing area closer to the the Panama Canal and even over to Peru to avoid using the canal. China has not raised tariffs on Sbns and Pork in their latest round of retaliation maybe indicating that they have reached a possible tipping point in food demand vs supply availability ex US, much remains to be seen but indications are shifting that China is possibly in more severe pain than they let on or that the people here believe.

Reply to  MPW
September 18, 2019 3:22 pm

China has suffered an outbreak of African swine ‘flu that decreased pork production by roughly a third. They had to import more, which was expensive due to tariffs. Pork prices soared 50%, which is making a mess of the government plan to keep food inflation below 3%.

China apparently has a “pork reserve” in freezers, just like the USA has an oil reserve. It’s amount is a secret, but people guess it amounts to between 3 and 5 million tons. Yesterday China released 10,000 tons from this reserve, to slow the rising prices.

Sounds to me like they are feeling the heat of the trade war.

September 17, 2019 6:52 am

But,but,but, but the Fires!

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