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·         Argentina Corn Planting Stalled as 'Great Drought' Fears Rise

·         Argentina wheat farmers abandon some lots due to drought, exchange says

 

 

Argentina Corn Planting Stalled as 'Great Drought' Fears Rise

 

By Maximilian Heath, Reuters

via U.S. News & World Report - Sept. 15, 2022

 

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's main farming zones are facing the driest conditions in around 30 years, agricultural and weather experts said, raising fears about a new "great drought" and stalling planting of corn in the world's No. 3 exporter of the grain.

 

The vast Pampas plains of the South American nation are hitting the start of the corn planting season after almost no rainfall in some four months. Forecasts predict more dry weather ahead with scarce showers.

 

Argentina is the world's top exporter of processed soy oil and meal and an important producer of corn, wheat and barley.

 

"This is one of the most complex situations we have seen in recent decades. We have to say that it is the worst planting scenario for corn in the last 27 years," Cristian Russo, chief agronomist at the Rosario grains exchange, told Reuters.

 

Russo added the exchange would likely cut its planting estimate for 2022/23 corn in its monthly report due next week. It currently predicts a planting area of 8.2 million hectares.

 

Germán Heinzenknecht, a meteorologist at the Applied Climatology Consultant, pointed to farming towns like Pergamino in Buenos Aires province, which had only 6 millimeters of rain in the southern winter from June-August, the lowest since 1933...

 

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Argentina wheat farmers abandon some lots due to drought, exchange says

 

Reporting by Maximilian Heath; Editing by Adam Jourdan and Marguerita Choy, Reuters

September 15, 2022

 

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Argentine wheat farmers are starting to abandon some lots of wheat due to prolonged drought, the major Buenos Aires grains exchange warned on Thursday, a worry for the grains producing South American nation as growers grapple with a lack of rain.

 

The exchange, which estimates 2022/23 wheat planting area at 6.1 million hectares (15.1 million acres) though currently has no official production forecast, said in a report that some "farmers have begun to give up harvestable area" of wheat due to the dry spell.

 

The exchange said that in the last month the percentage of the area sown with wheat with regular or dry humidity went from 29% to 46%, while the percentage of lots in regular to bad conditions rose from 18% to 34%.

 

Wheat planting was completed months ago with harvesting expected to start in late October and November.

 

Argentina's main farming zones are facing the driest conditions in around 30 years...

 

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https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/argentina-wheat-farmers-abandon-some-lots-due-drought-exchange-says-2022-09-15/