Skip to comments.Drought, Frost Plunge Brazil’s Second Corn Yields To Decade Low
Posted on 08/02/2021 3:21:35 PM PDT by blam
An agriculture nightmare plays out in Brazil as drought and frost cause second corn yields in the country’s center-south to hit their lowest level in 10 years. Crop losses due to unfavorable weather may result in shortages and persistent food inflation due to Brazil is a top player in global corn production.
Reuters, citing a new report via agribusiness consultancy AgRural, said drought then frosts destroyed much of the crop this year. Brazilian farmers expect to harvest around 51.6 million tons of corn, down 19 million from last season’s 70.5 million.
Brazil’s heavily exported second corn crop, planted after soybeans are harvested, is the country’s top corn crop and accounts for about three-fourths of production in a given year. Brazil, the number three producer in the world, competes with the US in Asian markets.
“Failure of the 2021 corn crop, planted with much delay due to the later soybean harvest, was the result of the lack of rain in most of the producing areas in April and May,” AgRural said. “The frost starting at the end of June and lasting until now reduced yields and also caused quality problems.”
Corn prices may remain elevated due to the prospects of a dismal second corn yield in Brazil, along with drought concerns in the US corn belt.
Besides corn – citrus trees, coffee, and sugar cane in Brazil have also been heavily impacted by adverse weather conditions.
Due to unfavorable weather conditions worldwide, wreaking havoc on farmlands, the likelihood of food inflation abating anytime soon is unlikely.
Does this mean that all covid positive Brazilians unable to afford razors are heretofore granted asylum and provided first class tickets?
Maybe we should stop putting it in our gasoline, and eat it instead.
Global warming in the mid-west, climate change down there.
If you only have two, what does it really matter?
What will we do for fuel?!!!
Gee whiz! They are double cropping . The second crop in a single season can be risky.
But we need more corn syzurp!
I believe it is the middle of WINTER in the Southern hemisphere.
Don’t those Brazilians know that global warming is all the rage now? Thus their talking about cooling and freezing temps killing corn and coffee plants runs against the “globull warming” mandate.
the new dispensation is ‘climate change’, not ‘warming’.
Winter, Summer - they’ve got everything covered.
Brazil don’t do corn ethanol. They use sugar cane which is three times more ethanol per hectare sometimes 6 times more. They use corn for cattle feed, Brazil is one of the world’s leaders in cattle exports. Sugar cane ethanol has a solidly positive EROI unlike corn where it can and often is negative. They burn the cane left overs for steam to boil out the alcohol unlike the USA where the stalks are left in the fields to rot.
“I believe it is the middle of WINTER in the Southern hemisphere.”
June is the coldest month in Brazil, with an average temperature of 66°F. Yes, it’s winter, but very moderate.
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