El Niño affects wheat seed production in the South

Nuts & Seeds
Sustainability & Environmental Impact
Market & Price Trends
Published Apr 14, 2024

Tridge summary

Excessive rainfall attributed to El Niño has severely impacted grain and forage production in the South region, particularly hitting the seed sector hard with a 50% reduction in wheat seed production in Rio Grande do Sul. This has led to a projected supply of 138 thousand tons of certified wheat seeds for the 2024 harvest, covering nearly one million hectares with a 78% rate of certified seed usage, despite a slight increase in seed prices. In Paraná, a 20% decrease in wheat seed availability is anticipated. The forage seed sector is also facing challenges, with significant reductions in the supply of black oat and ryegrass seeds, forcing some producers to import seeds from Uruguay and Argentina. Additionally, a strike has delayed forage seed imports, causing a sharp rise in forage seed prices and prompting suggestions for the use of alternative crops. Despite these challenges, the impact on forage supply and cattle prices remains uncertain, with efforts underway to mitigate long-term consequences.
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Original content

Excessive rainfall, induced by El Niño in the last harvest, caused losses in grain and forage production in the South region. In addition to quantitative losses, the seed sector is now evaluating qualitative losses, as many multiplication areas did not reach specific parameters for the commercialization of seeds. In wheat, the drop in seed production reached 50% in Rio Grande do Sul. According to the Association of Seed and Seedling Producers of Rio Grande do Sul (Apassul), for the 2024 harvest, 138 thousand tons of certified seeds will be available of wheat, a volume sufficient to supply a cultivation area close to one million hectares in Rio Grande do Sul. The rate of use of certified seed in this harvest is estimated at 78%, the highest in the history ever recorded by the entity, indicating that the The use of saved seed will not be significant, precisely because of the risk of investing in low quality seed. “Last year, the rate of use of certified seed was 58% in Rio Grande do ...
Source: CanalRural
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