Friday, March 14, 2014
After January’s heavy rains, diseases could decrease the country’s soybean harvest by as much as 20 percent, government officials at the National Food Health Service (SENASA) warned yesterday.
Even though rains at first benefited the crops after a long dry season, the bad weather throughout January led to a number of diseases popping up and aggravate, affecting soy and corn in the current harvest season.
“Output could be reduced up to 20 percent if the right treatment is not implemented to solve the diseases problem,” Nicolás Auñon, an analyst at Senasa, said yesterday. “This year there were a lot of deep and frequent rains that coincided with the development stage of the soy plant. There’s a relationship between rains during this season and the severity of the diseases.”
Despite the current scenario, agriculture experts estimate diseases will not prevent the country from reaching a record 54.5 million-ton harvest of soy thanks to the extended nationwide crops.