The damp conditions which have buoyed expectations for Argentina’s corn and soybean output are causing headaches for growers too, in slowing early harvesting, with delays already evident in sunflower combining.
Unusually wet weather in Argentina has been viewed as, largely, beneficial for farmers, in ensuring enough moisture for good growth of corn and soybean crops, both of which could set all-time highs.
“Argentina is expected to harvest record volumes of corn and soybeans following a very wet summer growing season,” said Gail Martell at Martell Crop Projections.
“Yield estimates have been raised in both crops, based on projections from local sources,” with a late rush in sowings, encouraged by the boost to prices from ag reforms brought in by the country’s new government, also boosting production prospects.
And more rain is on its way, with the country set for an “upturn in showers later this week and over the weekend”, according to weather service MDA.
‘Slow harvest progress’
This rain may further help prospects for second crop soybeans, MDA said.
However, it flagged that the wet weather outlook looks negative overall for corn and soybean outlook, meaning “slow early harvesting”.
Already, slowdowns have been evident in the harvest of sunflowerseed, of which Argentina is one of the world’s top producers, being a big shipper of sunflowerseed meal and sunoil too.
“A combination of factors, including late planting, slow crop development, and continued rainy weather, has delayed the harvest of Argentina’s 2015-16 sunflowerseed crop,” the US Department of Agriculture said.
Central and south western Buenos Aires province, and southern La Pampa, in particular “continue to report slow harvest progress and harvest interruptions”.
The wet weather, in encouraging weeds, is presenting extra problems too – both in clogging combines and meaning high levels of impurities in harvested crop.
“Warm weather and high humidity during January, February, and March contributed to increased weed and disease infestation,” the USDA report said.
“A lack of adequate weed control along with heavy rain in the last half of February resulted in abundant weed growth, which slowed combine operations, increased the moisture content of harvested crops, and contaminated the collected seed.”
The levels of weed seeds means that “to maximise the price received for the crop, Argentine farmers will have to segregate field harvests” based on impurity levels.
(Source – http://www.agrimoney.com/news/wetness-begins-to-turn-from-friend-to-foe-for-argentine-growers–9461.html)