Brazil's leading soybean producing states of Mato Grosso and Parana are currently planting the new crop, which according to estimates of Cerealpar, a Brazilian grain broker, will top 61 million metric tons.
Cerealpar expects Brazil to increase planted area by 5% to 21.7 million hectares. However; according to Cerealpar commodity analyst Steve Cachia, weather will be the factor that determines the size of the crop.
Dry conditions earlier this month delayed planting in Mato Grosso, and with climate conditions out of the ordinary for this time of year, the weather outlook will play a large role in the 2007-08 crop. The estimate was made with the expectation of ideal weather conditions.