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Brazil estimates highest grain harvest ever


Brasília, May 10, 2011 — The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) announced today that the national cereal, pulse and oilseed harvest is expected to yield 158.7 million tons in 2011, which is 6.0% higher than the record harvest obtained in 2010 of 149.7 million tons , according to April 2011 estimates. The data are from the results of the fourth estimate of the Systematic Survey of Agricultural Production (LASP) in 2011.

According to the survey, Brazil’s grain harvest area will reach 48.6 million hectares in 2011, indicating a 4.3 percent increase from the harvested area in 2010. The cultivation of rice, corn and soybeans - which together represent 90.8 percent of the volume of grain production - accounts for 82.5% of that total area to be harvested. In comparison with the previous year, the expected increase in harvested areas of these cultures is 2.1% (rice), 4.1% (corn) and 2.8% (soybeans) in 2011. The resulting year-on-year increase in production of these crops should reach 18.4%, 3.0% and 6.3%, respectively.

Southern Region is Brazil’s Highest Grain Yielding Region, with Paraná State Leading Production
According to the April 2011 survey, the regional distribution of the volume of production of cereals, pulses and oilseeds in Brazil in 2011 should be as follows:

  • South: 66.0 million tons (up 2.8% year-on-year)
  • Midwest: 57.0 million tons (up 8.5% year-on-year)
  • Southeast: 16.4 million tons; (down - 3.8% year-on-year)
  • Northeast: 15.0 million tons (up 26.5% year-on-year)
  • North: 4.3 million tons (up 7.4% year-on-year)

The state of Paraná is expected to retain the lead in national grain production, with a 20.6% share, followed by Mato Grosso (19.9%) and Rio Grande do Sul (17.0%).
15 Key Crops Estimated to Increase Production from 2010
Among the 25 crops evaluated in the survey, 15 should exceed their production estimates from the previous year, including: herbaceous cotton (69.5%), the first harvest of peanuts (7.8%), paddy (18.4%), the first harvest of potatoes (13.3%), the second harvest of potatoes (13.4%), cocoa almond (4.4%), barley grain (2.6%), the first harvest of beans (27.2%), the second harvest of beans in grain (5.1%), castor bean berry (51.2%), cassava (9.2%), the second harvest of corn grain (7.6 %), soybeans grain (6.3%), sorghum grain (13.4%) and triticale grain (26.2%). For the full story:

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