05-13-2013 08:20 AM
According to Mato Grosso farmers, the losses regarding soybean rust were R$ 1.5 billion (US$ 750 million). In a meeting held by Brazilian senator Blairo Maggi, the world's largest soybean grower, Mato Grosso farmers blamed the Brazilian government for the losses. They say the government is too slow to release the use of chemicals. Mr. Maggi wants to increase the debate on the issue.
05-13-2013 08:28 AM
thanks for the information.....can you tell us how government is involved in this process??
Does the government have to give the farmers permission to spray their crops for soybean rust??
05-13-2013 08:41 AM
Most of the productssold in Brazil have first to be verified and authorized by Anvisa (Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária, an institution similar to the FDA in the US, but operates in more areas than food and drugs).
The soybean rust quickly develops resistance to some chemicals. Therefore, they should be update almost every year. However, according to farmers and all the chain, Anvisa takes too much time verifying the safety of these products. Anvisa says that some chemicals have high risk of bringing cancer and research about it takes time.
05-13-2013 09:03 AM
Great information. I hope that folks on the site let you know if they appreciate this type of information or find it interesting. As the market focuses more and more on Brazil's soybean production potential, and corn for that matter, it seems that your South American ag information remains relevant to the conversation.
05-13-2013 09:57 AM
There is no doubt that there will be very strong interest group pressure on all sides of an issue as potentially explosive as this one. It makes one wonder if the disease adapts so quickly whether there is any long-term resolution to this dilemma. I would be interested to hear what agronomic practices, if any, can be used agaisnt rust.
You know, the bottom line may be that it costs too much to raise soybeans in Brazil.
05-13-2013 10:46 AM
There are different ways to deal with the problem. Several farmers in Mato Grosso adopt something called here "vazio sanitário (fallowing). They don't plant off-season soybeans. Grain plants dropped on the soil cannot be destroyed. These measures at least delay the use of fungicides because the rust tends to appear almost in harvest. The fallowing is subject of law in Mato Grosso. Forty one growers which broke the fallowing season were fined by local authorities last year. Hope to have helped a little. The issue is very complicated. But, yes, Jim, you're right. All sorts of costs are increasing in Brazil.
05-13-2013 11:10 AM
Some very interesting info - and thanks ! But the most interesting part was-- they have to keep changing products --- Wonder if they only use U.S. Products from like BASF and the others ?
Jim said something like -- it may get to expensive to raise beans down there -- my thought is will they be able to rise them ?? There is only so many chemicals that will control rust in the first place -- and it's a fungus - from hot wet -- cloudy type weather -- not much a guy can do to fight it with out fungicides .
05-13-2013 11:21 AM
Yes, Basf, Monsanto, Dow AgroSciences and DuPont are big in Brazil. The largest company in the sector here is Syngenta. All these companies develop products in joint-ventures with the state-run research company Embrapa.
05-13-2013 11:37 AM
Luis, you need to be planting "tripple dipple" hybrids that only the big time farmers use here in the United States. Of course you would have to elbow your way to the front of the line,and pay the premium price to get the little green hat and jacket the seed company gives such producers for spending $100K with them. Adios Amigo. John
05-13-2013 11:51 AM