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On the Grains SPECIAL REPORT   Our 2024 Brazil Farmland Tour is complete.  I will need several more days to recover as we covered a lot of distance in a short period of time.  Participants enjoyed all aspects of the tour, but the centerpiece is Mato Grosso.  There are not many places like it in the world.  We choose this time of the year as it is when you can see the simultaneous soybean harvest followed by “safrinha” corn planting.   Yield damage in Mato Grosso from early season drought was apparent almost immediately.  Many fields seemed half as tall as last year.  We know height is not a great indicator of yield by any means, but this was different.  Many fields looked “baked” and did not look healthy.  There has been a lot of speculation that the crop would not be affected that much and would have time to bounce back.  While level impact varies from region to region, we expect damage in the state of Mato Grosso alone at 10 MMT.  Farmers in Mato Grosso are planting earlier to try and give the second crop corn more of a chance.  This worked perfectly last year with farmers setting…

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