South American crop consultant Dr. Michael Cordonnier says the 90-day soybean free period ended today, Sept. 16, and farmers in Mato Grosso may start to plant their 2011-12 crop if they have enough soil moisture for germination. While a few light showers have been seen, he says most farmers will wait for a rain given the lengthy dry season.
"A few farmers in Mato Grosso have taken a big risk and started to plant soybeans, but for the vast majority of the farmers in the state, it is still too risky to plant soybeans and they will wait for additional moisture before they start," says Dr. Cordonnier. " The forecast isn't calling for any additional rainfall until the end of September and that is what has many farmers reluctant to plant their crops."
Dr. Cordonnier reminds a strong La Nina event resulted in the delayed onset of the rainy season and many farmers in Mato Grosso didn't plant soybeans until mid-October. The resumption of La Nina has producers there concerned.