400 thousand hectares are yet to be planted in the core region of
Argentina. Numerous flooded plots in south Santa Fe and northeast
Buenos Aires will be destined for early soybeans or late corn. 100
thousand hectares would be affected by adverse climate conditions. What
happens over the next week will be crucial in determining how much
early maize plantings will be reduced in the core region.
Rains would leave 100,000 hectares out of first corn
Last year, the advance of corn sowings was of 92% as of the previous week.
This year, only 57% of planting intentions have been fulfilled. Of the 400
thousand hectares yet to be planted in the core region, 340 thousand are
located in northern Buenos Aires and southern Santa Fe, the most
problematic area. In fact, these areas are full of plots that were sown 15
days ago but barely show signs of emergence. After the last week, total
rains stood at record levels for the month of September.
Wheat is resisting the blows of climate and disease
Plots with good to excellent conditions increase their share from the
previous week (now standing at 65%). 25% of the area shows good conditions
and barely 10% is qualified as in regular and bad condition. Producers are
applying a second dose of fungicides, given that environmental conditions
of high humidity favor the growth of diseases.
Preparation of soybean plots
The past winter, with its high temperatures and constant rainfall, has
favored the growth of ever more resistant weeds. This year, higher doses of
herbicides will be needed to combat them. This increases the costs ofpreparing the lots that will go to soybeans.