Brazilian grain production expected to reach 215 million tons
Brazil's grain production estimates for the 2016/17 harvest indicate total output of 215.3 million tons, a 15.3% increase (28.6 million tons) compared with the previous harvest (186.7 million tons). The data comes from the 4th 2016/2017 Harvest Survey (link in Portuguese), released on Tuesday (10) by Brazil's National Food Supply Company (Conab).
According to the survey, the surplus is due to increased average productivity for crops, which are now recovering from the negative influence of the climate conditions for the last harvest.
Total planted area is also projected to increase by 1.3% (745,600 hectares) compared with the previous harvest, possibly reaching 59.1 million hectares in total.
For soybeans, production is forecasted to grow by 8.7% to 103.8 million tons (an increase of 8.3 million tonnes from last harvest). Acreage grew by 1.6%. The first maize harvest is expected to reach 28.4 million tonnes (up 9.9% or 2.5 million tonnes from the 2015/16 harvest) after a 3.2% increase in planted area.
The first beans harvest should yield 1.3 million tons, 25.7% higher than last harvest, while for rice the forecast is for 11.6 million tons (up 9.7%).
Cotton lint is expected to grow 10.1% to 1.42 million tons despite a 5.2% reduction in acreage. Cotton and rice had their planted area reduced due to replacements with soybean crops, which did not occur with the other first-harvest crops.
Winter harvest 2016
Wheat production grew by 21.5% compared to 2015, reaching 6.7 million tons. Barley experienced a 42.5% growth in output, (to 374,800 tons) thanks to productivity recovery.
Canola and triticale also showed increases in acreage and productivity. Canola generated 71,900 tons in output, while triticale yielded 68,100 tons.