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May 11, 2012

Mato Grosso Leading Grain and Fiber Producing State in Brazil

The state of Mato Grosso continues to solidify its position as the number one grain and fiber producing state in Brazil with an estimated 36 million tons of production in 2011/12. In its May report, Conab estimated that the total production in the state would increase 18.4% compared to 2010/11. The second leading grain producing state is Parana, but their production declined 10.4% to 29 million tons due to the severe drought that impacted the crops in southern Brazil.

In Mato Grosso, the biggest increase came from the increase in safrinha corn production. The total corn production in the state is estimated at 12 million tons with the full-season corn crop responsible for 706,000 tons of production (6% of the total) and the safrinha corn crop responsible for 11.3 million tons of production (94% of the total). safrinha corn acreage in Mato Grosso went from 1.8 million hectares in 2011 to 2.5 million hectares in 2012, or an increase of 39%.

Soybean production in the state increased 5.9% to 21.6 million tons, cotton increased 5.4% to 2.6 million, sorghum increased 52% to 308,000 tons, and sunflowers increased 53% to 75,000 tons.

Brazil as a whole is expected to produce 160 million tons of grain and fiber in 2011/12, which is 1.7% less than last year. Total crop acreage in Brazil increased 3.6% to 52.06 million hectares (128 million acres) in 2011/12.