Irregular rains and high temperatures cause concern for rural producers

Some municipalities in Mato Grosso have been without rain for 25 days and farmers are already estimating crop losses

18.11.2022 | 10:26 (UTC -3)
Rosangela Miles
Some municipalities in Mato Grosso have been without rain for 25 days and farmers are already estimating crop losses; Photo: Disclosure
Some municipalities in Mato Grosso have been without rain for 25 days and farmers are already estimating crop losses; Photo: Disclosure

High temperatures, irregular rainfall and the low volume of water in soil storage could harm the productivity of the 2022/2023 harvest in Mato Grosso. According to data from Aproclima, a project developed by the Association of Soy and Corn Producers of Mato Grosso (Aprosoja-MT), there are municipalities that have been without rain for 25 days.

The rural producer from Diamantino and member of Aprosoja-MT, Napoleão Rutilli, said that the situation in the region is delicate. “We have had soybeans planted since September 23rd, it is flowering and there has been no rain. This month of November we will already have 12 days without rain, not counting the scorching sun and high temperatures”, he declared.

The lack of rain also worries the rural producer of Campo Novo do Parecis, Marcos Ortolan, some regions have gone up to 15 days without rain. “It is possible that productivity will fall, because with the dry soil the soybeans end up feeling it,” he said.

According to the Mato Grosso Institute of Agricultural Economics (IMEA), the soybean planting area in MT is almost 12 million hectares and the expected production of 42 million tons of the grain.

The president of Aprosoja-MT, Fernando Cadore, said that the State came out of a natural period of drought and since then the rains have not yet been regular. “The plantings that were carried out in almost all regions have been developing unsatisfactorily and this is already worrying us, since forecasts always take into account planted areas versus maximum productivity, and when we have drought and complications in climate issue throughout the development of the crop, there is the probability of harvesting smaller volumes at the end of the harvest”.

Cadore also highlighted that in the scenario of high costs and now climate instability, the producer is starting to have concerns. “Aprosoja-MT once again asks that some Institutes review the harvest estimate forecasts, since the planted area should be evaluated versus the historical minimum productivity, considering the climatic factor during the crop, and then make updates to the harvest forecast in parallel with climate monitoring”, concluded the president.

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