Corn prices started to move up in Brazil in the beginning of August. Even with winter crop harvest moving ahead, the governmental auctions have been helping to support prices. Even so, it is important to consider that prices keep lower from the official minimal price settled by the government.
The ESALQ/BM&F Index for corn (Campinas city, SP) averaged 7.75 dollars on August 11, up 4 percent in the accumulated of the month.
According to Conab (National Company for Food Supply), Brazilian winter corn production should reach 9.77 million tons, 150 thousand tons more than the number projected in July and an increase of 26.7 percent in relation to the previous crop. Total corn production (2005/06 crop season) is forecasted now at 41.44 million tons, 18.4 percent superior to the last crop.