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Brazil 2013 Wheat Production Recovered from Reduced 2012 Crop

19 February 2014

BRAZIL - Harvest of the 2013 wheat was concluded in December. Latest official estimates point to a strong recovery from last year’s lows, with production increasing by 30 percent to 5.7 million tonnes.

An increase in area in response to higher prices at sowing time more than compensated lower yields, negatively affected by frosts in major producing regions, reports FAO.

Early forecast for the 2014 aggregate maize crop point to a slight decline in production from last year’s record level

Conditions for the first season maize crop, about to be harvested, remain favourable as good precipitation in January prevented any significant declines in yields after dry weather in most of December. Production is forecast close to last year’s same season high level.

The expected good results of the first season along with low prices—relative to a year ago—and high input costs has affected the plantings of the second season “safrinha” maize crop, to be harvested from June.

The area planted is forecast 9 percent below last year’s same season level at 42 million hectares. The 2014 aggregate (first and second seasons) maize production is initially forecast at almost 76 million tonnes or 6 percent below last year’s record high, but still well above the average level.

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