Brazil corn farmers to get relief from late April rain -forecaster
SAO PAULO, April 16 (Reuters) - Above average rains in key
corn-growing regions should bring relief to Brazilian farmers,
easing drought fears as the country's second corn crop develops
through the end of April.
According to the Thomson Reuters Agriculture Weather
Dashboard, average rainfall in states like Mato Grosso, Mato
Grosso do Sul and GoiÃ¡s will be between 60mm (2.4 inches) and
80mm in the second half of April.
Some corn-growing areas in those states will have rains of
100mm in the period, the data showed.
"There were rains in late March and early April in ParanÃ¡
and SÃ£o Paulo states, maintaining soil humidity," said Paulo
Molinari, an analyst with Safras & Mercados consultancy. He
noted fields are developing normally in those states while in
Mato Grosso and GoiÃ¡s conditions are almost "pe rfect."
In the west and northwest of ParanÃ¡, the second largest corn
producing state after Mato Grosso, rains will reach 94mm in
certain areas, slightly above average, the forecasts indicate.
The government estimates 88.61 million tonnes of corn will
be harvested this cycle in Brazil. Brazil's second corn crop,
planted after soybeans are harvested, accounts for about 71
percent of all corn produced in the country.
Because this year some farmers planted second-corn outside
the ideal window, producers in ParanÃ¡, a region normally colder
than the center-west of Brazil, could face frost that is
potentially damaging to the crop.
"There is still no forecast of frosts, but the risk exists
with the end of La NiÃ±a," Molinari said.
(Reporting by JosÃ© Roberto Gomes
Writing by Ana Mano; Editing by Tom Brown)
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