USDA arm sees Brazil 2017-18 soybean crop down 6% at 107 million metric tonne.

Brazil’s soybean crop is seen at 107 million metric tonne in 2017-18 (Feb-Jan), down 6% on year. Brazil produced 114 million metric tonne of the oilseed in 2016-17. The fall in production is attributed to likely lower yields this time in the South American country. The USDA arm is currently using average yields for its forecast that are much lower than the record high yields of the previous season. Soybean acreage in Brazil is seen at 34.7 million ha in 2017-18, up from 34.0 million ha last year. Exports of the 2017-18 soybean crop are forecast at 64 million metric tonne, about 1.5% lower on year. Lower exportable supply due to smaller crop and higher domestic consumption of soymeal and soyoil is the key reason for a likely drop in overseas shipments from Brazil.