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Corn Production Sees Continued Success

13 April 2010

BRAZIL - Brazil's corn production is showing continued strength thanks to increased success in second crops, it has been said.

BRAZIL - Corn Production Sees Continued Success
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has pointed out that reduced planting areas do not automatically lead to reduced output.

Farmers are planting less corn, with sowing believed to have fallen by 800,000 hectares on last year, but second plantings are set to lead to a record safrinha crop, the USDA figures suggested.

Total estimate for Brazil's corn output is now 53.5 million tonnes for 2009-10.

Safarinha corn has in the past accounted for less than five per cent of total production, but is this year set to make up more than a third.

This growth has come about thanks to the increasing sophistication of farming machinery and understanding of crop rotation and double plantings.

Sugar cane and corn crops are set to benefit from recent rains in the country, which should prepare the soil for dry months, one meteorologist told Bloomberg last week.

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