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Brazilian Farm Life 7-19-19

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Brazilian Farm Life 7-19-19

Much like the USA, Brazil is a big and diverse country. Growing up, I lived in Paraná and Mato Grosso. These states are the two largest grain producing states in the country.

The Roach Ag Marketing website has a great weather resource that shows the contribution of the primary agricultural Brazilian states to national production. For Brazil weather maps click here. We are still a couple months away from the Brazilian planting season, but as we move into field preparation and then planting, these weather maps are a great way to keep up with Brazilian crop progress.

All Brazilian states have some degree of agriculture, and naturally, different regions have different characteristics and specialty areas. Some readers may not know that Brazil’s most northern state, Roraima, is actually in the northern hemisphere and thus plants soybeans in May and harvests in October. This state is where I lived from 2007-2017 and managed a farming and cattle operation. This year, Roraima planted 125,000 acres of soybeans, and it has the potential to plant over 10x that many acres.

Near the equator, in Roraima, the sun rises at 6am and sets at 6pm year-round. When our family moved from northern Brazil to Indiana in 2017, after experiencing summer and winter daylight hours, our 4-year old son said he missed Brazil, because (possible read more button) in Brazil, when it is dark, you go to bed, and when it is light, you get up. But in Indiana, the sun was still up at bedtime in the summer, and when you wake up in the winter, it is still dark.

The USA and Brazil are both large, diverse countries. Together they account for the lion share of many agricultural exports. Farmers in Brazil are much like USA farmers. Brazilian farmers watch weather in the U.S. Corn Belt every bit as carefully as USA farmers follow Brazilian weather. They have concerns about their local communities and their country. They love the land, care about their legacy and always have an eye on the market!

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