Cepea, May 3, 2021 – Dry weather hampered wheat sowing in Paraná State (PR) in late April. Although this scenario did not concern agents from the sector that much, it may delay sowing and the harvesting. The area to be sown with wheat should be larger, since the high prices levels for the cereal led farmers to sow wheat – however, corn quotes have been high too, limiting increases in the area allocated to wheat.
In Rio Grande do Sul (RS), farmers were purchasing inputs and seeds in late April. It is worth to mention that the high costs of inputs have been warning farmers, however, these agents believe that the current price levels for wheat are worth an increase in the area to be sown. In some regions in RS, farmers are correcting the soil before the beginning of the winter crop.
BRAZILIAN MARKET – Wheat prices in PR and in RS are currently the highest, in nominal terms, in their respective series of Cepea, which began in February 2004.
Despite the nominal record, the trading pace was slow in the Brazilian market in April. Some collaborators believe that quotes will only drop when corn prices decrease, since both are used in feed. In PR, as the supply from last crop is low, some purchasers were importing wheat from Argentina and/or Paraguay.