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Brazil Soybean Forecast Raised to 66.7 Million Tons

May 10, 2012

Soybean growers in Brazil, the world’s second-largest producer, will harvest more than previously forecast, the government said.

The outlook for the crop year that started Sept. 1 was raised to 66.7 million metric tons from 65.6 million tons estimated on April 10, the Agriculture Ministry’s crop- forecasting agency, known as Conab, said in a report today. Production will fall from 75.3 million tons in the previous crop year.

The forecast for corn output was raised to 65.9 million tons from 65.1 million tons. Brazil, the world’s third-largest grower of the grain, produced 57.4 million tons of corn in the previous crop year.

The U.S. is the world’s largest producer of soybeans and corn. China is the world’s second-biggest corn grower.

To contact the reporters on this story: Mario Sergio Lima in Brasilia Newsroom at; Lucia Kassai in Sao Paulo at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dale Crofts at

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