Farmers in northern Brazil are struggling with wet weather and deteriorating crop conditions as harvest lags. Brazilian agriculture consultant Kory Melby says getting the second crop corn planted is a priority. “That is more worrisome than the soybeans, because the ideal planting window for second crop corn closes at the end of February. That’s not to say farmers won’t plant in March, but the yield prospects diminish greatly.” Brazilian farmers face a tough decision with record prices for corn and soybeans. “They don’t want to lose either. Many have contracted at a lower price and now, they’re losing 50 percent of their production. I’ve heard of farmers cancelling the second half of the corn seed order. Maybe that second crop corn acreage won’t be as big as we thought.”
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