AGRIBUSINESS: Sweltering Heat Hits Argentina

Posted on: 5:50 am, December 30, 2013, by , updated on: 01:30am, December 30, 2013

It may be winter in Iowa but in South America its summer and that means the growing season.

Argentina is a big player when it comes to soybean producers.  Argentina is expected to produce 54.5-million metric tons of beans this year.  That’s nearly three-fifths of U.S. production.

Many crops in Argentina have been suffering through a sweltering heat wave over the past two weeks which has brought temperatures as high as 111-degrees.

Soybeans have an ideal temperature of 85-degrees.  Temperatures above that can give the beans heat stress and temperatures over 99-degrees can severely limit pod formation.

The heat wave is not the only problem to hit Argentina’s agriculture sector this year.  In May, a year-long agriculture state of emergency was declared for soybeans and corn in the Jujuy Province.

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