September 2, 2009

                        
Brazil's Parana sees 2009-10 corn area as lowest since 19790
                             


Brazil's Parana state's agricultural secretariat, or Seab, said it expects to see a fall of 20 percent in the area planted with corn in 2009-10 compared to 2008-09.

 

"Farmers have been very unsatisfied with the price of corn and they are turning to soy," technical specialist Otmar Hubner, told Dow Jones Newswires on Tuesday.

 

The area of land used for corn in the southern state of Parana is likely to be the smallest since 1970, Seab said in its first estimate for 2009-10.

 

Parana's farmers intend to plant 1.01 million hectares of corn, down from 1.26 million hectares in 2008-09, Seab said.

 

Farmers expect 7.08 million tonnes of corn from the first corn crop that is currently being planted, Hubner said. Brazil has two corn crops per year.

 

As a result of the smaller area planted with corn, Parana, which is Brazil's No. 2 soy-producing state, expects its planted soy area to rise 262,000 hectares to 4.27 million hectares in 2009-10 compared to 2008-09.

 

Seab estimates that the state's soy crop will reach a record of 13 million tonnes in 2009-10 compared to 2008-09.

 

Rains should be normal during the 2009-10 crop season in Parana, so a damaging drought isn't excepted like during 2008-09, Hubner said.
                                         

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