Brazilian Farm Life 08-23-19: Wildfires, Cotton, & Cover Crops

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Brazilian Farm Life 08-23-19: Wildfires, Cotton, & Cover Crops

Wildfires have made headlines in Brazil. September-October is the transition from the dry season to the rainy season. The end of the dry season means fires are a threat and the beginning of the rainy season means it’s time to plant. Farm communities join efforts as they work to contain these wildfires. The rains in the next month will offer relief from wildfires, they will also determine the timing of soybean planting and, thus, next year’s double crop corn outlook in Brazil. You can track this weather on our website.

Not all farmers are fighting fires. A subscriber of ours from Central Mato Grosso is in the middle of cotton harvest and shared these beautiful pictures. They also raise soybeans, corn and cattle.

Another subscriber of ours is an agronomist from southern Brazil. He is passionate about cover crops. In his region, land rent prices are high. It’s tough for many of his clients to forego revenues from double crop corn and plant cover crops. His family property needed some lime and tillage work done, so instead of planting double crop corn, they got this field word done, this planted a seed mix of cover crops. He is very happy with the results. They are running a roller over it now and hope for some regrowth before they spray it down for planting.

Farmers in Brazil have been very helpful in answering questions. If you have questions for Brazilian farmers, let us know. What they want to know now is, “how are your crops this year, really?”


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