Sunday, June 5, 2022

Mato Grosso and 2nd crop corn


I will be in Mato Grosso next week for circa two weeks.

I will be posting photos and videos on either Twitter, Facebook or Instagram from time to time.

In Parana state, Cigarrinha do Milho (corn leaf hopper) is spreading a disease called Enfezamento. Basically, it destroys the plants ability to translocate nutrients and fill the cob. The corn plants are dying too early while still in milk stage. There seems to be only a few varieties that are resistant to the disease. There are many factors such as sanitary concerns with volunteer corn, pesticide applications, seed treatment, and climate variability. One variety that is resistant in Mato Grosso might be very susceptible in Parana, for example. Insurance companies are saying they will not pay for the losses. Reports are coming out saying up to 30-40% of Parana 2nd crop is lost due to this disease. 

Meanwhile, early corn yields in Mato Grosso are very good. Some reports as high as 180 sacs or 170 bu per acre are being reported on small tracts. This shows the potential with good varieties, proper rainfall, and planting dates. 

The later we get into harvest the lower the yields will be. IMEA will be out with a new corn crop size estimate for Mato Grosso Monday evening. I will send that out too subscribers. 

There was record area of 2nd crop corn planted in Brazil this year. We have some spots that have not seen a drop of rain for 60 days. These spots will be hurt for yields. But, all in all, given the early start to the dry season, the 2nd crop corn will still be a new record for the country. At one time, we were thinking 90 MMT+. It will likely shake out in the 85 MMT area with a risk of 80 MMT if the Parana losses are confirmed. Last year's drought corn was only 60 MMT for 2nd crop. 

Corn prices have weakened in recent weeks as harvest has started. B3 Sao Paulo corn is trading R$ 90 per sac and spot Sorriso, MT corn is R$ 68/sac. 

I fear for lots of fires again by August. The Cerrado is very dry again and it will be a tinder box by August. 

I find it interesting we have estimates for Brazil's 2023 soybean crop at 148 MMT. I would argue that Brazil will expand very little in the year ahead. Crop input prices are a disincentive to risk too much on new lands. However, the price of land in Brazil has exploded. 

Recent 2022 soybean crop estimates are increasing a little bit from their low point. We seem to be in the 124/125 MMT area for a final tally. This past year, we started with a 143 MMT soybean crop potential, but I think the true potential was more like 148 to start with. We can say that Brazil lost 24/25 MMT of its original potential. Brazil has never seen a production hit of that magnitude in soybeans. 

After two years of being beaten over the head by climate, I would think southern Brazil can count on a big crop in 2023. They are due a big one.

However, it has been about 7 years in a row of "Feast" of the Northeast quadrant of Brazil- aka MaPiToBa region. I would not be surprised that the "drought" returns the the Northeast in the coming years and other parts of Brazil will be above normal in productivity again. MaPiToBa produces 17 MMT of soybeans these days or equal to a Parana or RGDS. I remember when the region only produced 5 or 6 MMT cumulative. The region might have one or two years of average and then drop into a "Famine" phase of 2 or 3 years. This seems to be the ebb and flow of the Northeast. 

As we get into August to October timeframe, it will not only be the climate that will be hot, but also the politics in Brazil. In October, Brazil has a Presidential election. I am a gringo and I do not vote. It is not appropriate for me to comment one way or another on the candidates. 

Given my agro interests in Brazil, I and my friends are heavily biased towards the current administration. However, as I talk with locals not in "Ag", I am surprised at the high percentage of Brasileiros that want to go back to the epoch of 10-15 years ago. I do not pretend to understand this. I am only commenting on what I hear on the street talking with the common folk and lower middle class. I think those with investments in Brazil need a strategic plan to deal with possible changes ahead for 2023 and beyond. 

In October, as the rainy season starts again, I see the potential for many political Gremlins to get wet in Brazil. High food prices, high fuel prices, inflation, and high interest rates will all be hot button issues this fall. The world needs a "recession" to tamp things down, but I have no idea on what a soft landing entails. The wealthy can handle an asset set back. However, the poor will need assistance during this correction and that only leads to more demand. It is a perfect Catch 22 ahead. Damned if you do and damned if you don't. The world sure did not need a war at this time. It just exacerbated the problems. 

There is not a cloud in the sky these days in the Brasilian Cerrado. The morning sun rises and evening sun sets are breath taking. It is the calm before the storm. 

Drop me a note if any questions. 

I will be doing a couple Brazil/Mato Grosso tours in January/Feb 2023. At least I think so. There is demand again for this, but Covid tests, fuel prices, and logistics could put a damper on things. I do not know today. Any trip to Brazil will be very expensive and subject to travel hiccups along the way. One will need patience or do not come. period........

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Sunday, April 17, 2022

From Peak Pessimism to Peak Optimism

Sept 18th, 2018 November soybeans made a low at 8.12 per bu.

At the time, the USA had 1 billion bushels of soybean carryover and China was
sucking Brazil dry as quickly as possible. (Peak Pessimism)
I would think in the next 60-70 days, we should be reaching
"Peak Optimism". 

By June 18th, 2022, 45 months will have elapsed since the 8.12 low.
November beans are toying with 15.20 per bu and the recent high has been
15.55 per bu.

The 2008 high in Nov soybeans was 16.36 per bu on July 3rd, 2008.
2022 is 14 years from 2008.

A "doubling" of the 8.12 low is 16.24 per bu. 
The 2012 high in SX beans was 17.89 per bu.

Are we headed there again?

Well, the stage is sure set. With 35 million tons lost
in South America and the war in Europe, if there is
a chance to check out the old record high prices, it is in the
near future. 

Brazil's 2nd crop is in good shape. Mato Grosso will
produce a record large corn crop of 40 MMT+.
If there are drought problems in the coming weeks,
it will be in the Goias, MGDS, and Minas Gerias regions.

At this time, I am not worried about 2nd crop corn.
We have record planted area and most of it went in the
ground 4-6 weeks earlier than last season.
There was some late planted corn again this season.
These acres are at risk, but nominal volumes in the whole 
scheme of things.

Soybean planted area is puzzling to me in Brazil.
Obviously, we increased area year over year.
Conab says we are at 40.8 million hectares of soybeans
in 2022. There are analysts that believe the real planted
area is closer to 43 million hectares. 

Given the cost of production for 2023 soybeans, I doubt
Brazil will expand soybeans for the next season.

However, if more acres are found, that will look like
Brazil is increasing year over year. 

There are up to 1.5 million "ghost soybean hectares" in Brazil.
If Conab and others increase their soybean planted area
again for 2023, I would argue that those same acres were
planted during this past season too. 

I will continue to argue that this past season's crop
likely had a larger starting point than what has been
in the media. We need to keep this in mind as we look to
2023. We maybe should penciling in 148-150 MMT for
Brazil for 2023 and not numbers closer to 140. 

I cannot prove this. The only data point I have that
supports this argument are the fertilizer volumes
delivered to producers in 2021. The amounts were
up 12-14% Year over Year. 

For 2022, we will likely see fertilizer decreases of
20% Year over Year. 

If the Brazil farmer can apply some extra "lime"
or calcario, he can buy some time before the lack
of fertilizer affects his productivity. 

It is paramount that the USA produces at least
an average crop of soy and corn for the year ahead.
If we have any hints that the current crop will come in
below trend line, it will be difficult for the world to
"catch up" again regarding global stocks of corn, soy,
and their derivatives. 

If I had to guess as to how things play out in the
coming months, it would be something like this:

Wheat, corn and soybeans make a significant market
top by the 4th of July, 2022.

We have a multi-month sell off and form a new
base at higher levels. 

We then rally again into February 2023. 

This bull market commodity story is likely to last
until early 2024. 

The trend should continue upwards with periodic
3-6 month sell offs. 

Back in November, I was saying you need to be a bull here.
I was shitting bricks at the time.

As we get into June, I need to pivot to being a bear, and 
yet again, I can see myself shitting bricks once again. 

As Top Gun II is finally ready to come out, I feel like
I have been waiting for this movie for three years !!!!.

I think the soy, wheat, and corn markets are about to
experience a higher level of G-forces. Strap in and have
a puke bag handy. We will likely need it this June and July.

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Sunday, February 13, 2022

You can eat soybeans in my bed anytime

"You took the words right out of my mouth"

At 9:01 Brazil time on Thursday, when the Conab report came out,  
I was speechless.(I thought of Meatloaf at the time)
Never in the history of Conab have they ever
cut more than 7 million tons from report to report. The last time
was 2012, when the soybean crop was half as large as today.

I recently penned a newsletter titled "I was a bull when being
bullish wasn't cool" paying homage to Barbara Mandrell's
hit from 1981 "I was country when country wasn't cool".

This blog will be named "You can eat soybeans in my bed anytime"-
assuming you still have any ;>)

I wrote this in an old newsletter several weeks ago. I know many
people get lost when bouncing back and forth between millions
of tons and billions of bushels. 

The USDA said last week that old crop soybean carryover
will be 300 million bu or 8 million tons. Pipeline is said to
be 150 million bu or about 4 million tons.

Brazil came into 2022 with 4 MMT of old crop soybean

Brazil was expected to increase from 138 MMT to 145 MMT
this year or another 7 MMT. This is long gone. 

Last week, Conab basically confirmed that 20 MMT of Brazil
soybeans is gone. I think we need to be weary of possible
found acres later on. If there are extra acres, they are up north.
(Could we find 1 or 2 mmt later? ). YES

Chronic rains in the north will keep pressure on soybean quality
in the month of February. 

The million dollar question is: will continued dryness
in RGDS pull the production numbers even lower?
Possible- yes 

The anecdotal item that has my ears perked up is the datapoint
that insurance companies in Parana are cancelling 2nd crop
corn insurance policies to farmers. Why?
Did someone poop in their pants when looking at continued
"La Nina" weather maps? 
Maybe someone's testicles have not dropped yet?
If so, they have no business being in crop insurance

With Paraguay talking 4 mmt which is down from 10-11 mmt
of potential. Uruguay will come in 1 or 2 million tons light.
Argentina is looking more like 40 MMT which is down
from 50 MMT to start with. 

Bottomline is: USA can plant as many soybeans as she wants
in 2022. The market can take it all. 

Brazil will likely only export about 80 MMT in 2022.
At one time, we were thinking 90 MMT.
With the profitable crush margins, Brazil wants to
try and crush 45-48 MMT in 2022 if they can find the

I think by Sept, USA will be down to pipeline stocks of
soybeans and by December, Brazil will have "Zero" beans
remaining in the country. Seed only.

Soybean market likely to be stimulated all year now.

There is no room for production hiccups
in USA in 2022. 

If any threat of crop losses, the markets will be explosive

I remember back to Nov 9th low in beans. I was saying this
should be a low and we should rally back to 13.15 at some point.
This seemed insane at the time.
Many experts were looking for 11,10, and even 9 dollar soybeans.

This next week, we will likely check out 14.80 again basis
Nov 22 soybeans. 14.80 always bothered me last year.
It did not act like a high.
If the high would have been 14.74 3/4, I would have been
the biggest bear in the world.
14.80 was a long term "hint". "I ain't done yet" 
This is what SX was telling us 9 months ago. 

There are always hints in the market. The problem is finding them
and looking for subtle signals that a novice overlooks as just
another fundamental number.

There are more to the markets than fundamentals. But, it seems
like it takes looking at charts for 30 years to be able to see them.

If we cannot trade 14.80 early in the week basis Nov 22, then I would
think a sell off is likely.

If we trade 14.80- that will be one thing.

If we close on top of 14.80 twice, then I think it is
a straight shot to 16.36 basis SX.

When do we get there?

Maybe March 3rd maybe 
April 4th. 

I think there will be many 50 cent and 1 dollar moves
up and down between now and mid June.

Keep the Dramamine handy, the soybean market
will likely do a few barrel rolls and maybe even
a few power on stalls. Let us hope that does not
put us into a death spiral whereas it is difficult to
pull out of. 

The next 120 days will likely be something to
tell the grand kids about. 

If you missed out on 2008 and 2012, the next
crazy train is about to leave.

All aboard !!!!

Please bring your roasted soybeans with you ;>)


Friday, December 24, 2021

Happy New Year Welcome 2022

Happy New Year

I am not sure where 2021 went? For us, it was all a blur, but everything ended up being ok.

I would like to thank all the new subscribers and VIP clients this past year. I would also like to thank all the old subscribers that continue to renew year after year. It is appreciated. 

I find myself working through the holidays- just like last year at this time with Brazil drought concerns and a bull market in the making. I have outlined my price objectives for new crop soybeans and so far the soybean market is behaving as expected. I must say the May through October time frame was confusing and stressful. 

Western Parana, Santa Cat, parts of RGDS, and Paraguay are suffering a historic drought. It seems like every year they have some sort of dry spell and each year it gets worse. Last year the soybean crop was planted later and or replanted, so when the rains came in December, the crop still had time to recover and still produce 20 MMT each for Parana and RGDS.

To keep things in perspective: Parana + RGDS = 1 Mato Grosso. 

20 MMT + 20 MMT = "one" Mato Grosso or 40 MMT.

40 MMT = 1.45 billion bushels

1.45 billion bushels = all the soybeans in Iowa and Illinois combined.

Mato Grosso is in fantastic shape. 

As of December 20th, Sinop, Mato Grosso had recorded 1000 mm(40 inches) of rain since the beginning of the crop year starting in September. Compared to recent years, this is above normal rainfall. However, compared to 20 year historic rainfall, this is about right. We should get another 1000 mm or 40 inches from late December through the end of February. Normally, these heavy rains come in late January and early February and are called the "Amazon rains". 

With the soybean crop ready to be harvested in early January, we must hope these rains diminish in intensity so as to allow harvest and get the 2nd crop planted timely and in decent soil conditions. 

The yields out of Mato Grosso should be "awesome" this year.

By contrast dryer regions, such as Tocantins and Bahia, are getting well above normal rainfall for their region. The forecast is for 16-20 inches in the next 2 weeks. THIS IS A WOWZER.

Meanwhile, Parana, RGDS and Santa Cat cannot catch a rain. 

Many fields in western Parana are now past the point of no return. The crop was planted in late Sept and early Oct which means the soybeans are now in the last phases of pod fill. For many fields, it will be too late if rains come in early January. 

For RGDS, the situation is more of a jump ball. Early planted soybeans are hurting. However, soybeans being planted into wheat stubble today can still turn out quite well if rains would return in January. 

For Paraguay, I am hearing of 30% losses and previsions for 50% crop loss without rains in next 2 weeks. 

Paraguay was on deck to produce 11 MMT. Current estimates are for 8.5 MMT and dropping to 6-7 MMT is quite likely given current weather pattern.

Brazil 1st crop corn will not be 29 MMT as previously forecast by Conab. We are now looking at something less than 25 MMT -maybe even 23 MMT.

Brazil's corn ethanol production continues to surge and is helping compensate for last year's sugarcane crop loss due to drought. 

After last season's 2nd crop failure with late planting and drought, this is not what the domestic corn market needed. More corn imports from Argentina are needed to balance the supply demand equation over the next six months until Brazil 2nd crop can come online. 

The BRL is trading at 5.70:1. Inflation, 2022 elections, and questionable economic policy regarding future interest rates and recession are all conflicting data points that the central bank is trying to deal with. 

Strange new political alliances are occurring to try and maintain power and or defeat the current administration. If old PT leaders rise again, the markets will be in turmoil for most of 2022. 

AC/DC will sum up 2022- I fear- You shook me all night long ;>)

By the end of 2022, the new theme song will likely be "Shake it off" 

I am not sure what will happen in Brazil as per politics, economy, and crop production in the year ahead. What I do know is that Brazil will be the best show in town for most of the year. There will be no shortage of intrigue, drama, emotion, and passion. 

70% of the Brazil crop is in great condition albeit a bit wet. 30% is suffering a serious drought.

I have outlined potential crop loss parameters in recent newsletters. 

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

2022 Brazil soybean crop

Nov 17th, 2021

Rains have been steady and beneficial.

I am not too worried about 2nd crop corn and cotton inputs.

2023 crop inputs are a dilemma. 

The Brazil soybean crop will be quite large.

Lots of talk about a Brazil CRP payment for Amazon. I am not sure if Brazil is ready for this.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021

July 18th blog update

Much has happened since the last update:

My son has been accepted to Notre Dame University in the USA. He is a very happy young man today. He wants to pursue Biology and pre-med courses. I look forward to getting him set up in South Bend in the coming weeks. Classes start August 23rd. 

Brazil is a circus. But, that is also the norm. Vaccination ages are down to the 38 year olds. The Delta variant is ripping through non vaccinated populations. The current admin is under investigation for its handling of the pandemic. Much chatter about impeachment. The current admin's approval rating is down to 24%. 

The central bank has been increasing interest rates and also doing some currency swaps to keep the REAL under control. So far, they seem to be doing a good job. The equilibrium price for the REAL seems to be about 5:1. FX at 5.30:1 seems too cheap with many economists thinking the REAL should be 4.50:1. With political uncertainty for 2022, my guess is the REAL will remain weak as to factor in some political risk for the year ahead. 

Expensive corn, crude oil, beef, chicken, and pork are all big headwinds for current admin to deal with in the year ahead. I made a comment a few months back in my newsletter stating that the current president's destiny is tied to Brazil domestic corn market. Some would say that energy prices will be the undoing of him. With the current dry season in play and water reservoirs at record lows, the ability to keep the lights and air conditioning on in the coming months might be a determining factor for the presidents' future. 

Ag sector is 100% behind the current President. They want to see the projects that have been initiated during the current admin completed in the next 3 to 5 years. If we see a new admin at the beginning of 2023, many projects could stall. Brazil is well known for starting a project and never finishing on time. It seems like even a small project takes a decade. 

Weather guys tell me to keep an eye on the cool water in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. The weather could be a repeat of last season. A dry, late start to planting followed by heavy rains at harvest and then dry again for 2nd crop. I doubt the year will be as screwed up as last season. If a repeat of last year, many will lose their minds. 

Brazil looks like it will add another 1.5 million hectares of soybeans again for 2022. The fertilizer imports and sales are verifying this datapoint. Much chatter about lack of glyphosate for 2022. Farmer organizations have sent out press releases saying not to worry. The prices are higher, but there will be enough product. 

We will see a limited amount of X-tend soybean seeds out in the market this year. Farmer test plots and the like. 5-10-15 hectare plots I think. 

Replacement parts and getting delivery of new machines are also running behind. Basically, if you need a new tractor or combine, do not expect delivery until well into 2022. 

Two major lessons to take away from the 2021 Brazil crop.

1. Do not kill the soybean crop before Christmas. 

2. Do not plant 2nd crop corn after March 10th. 

Brazil needs to get its 1st/2nd crop corn ratio back in balance. I think we will see a bit more 1st crop corn in 2022, but the increase will be nominal. It will be up to RGDS and Santa Cat farmers to step up to the plate and get more 1st corn planted. This can happen as early as August. 

Things to keep an eye on in coming months:

1. Political impeachment proceedings

2. Late start to soybean planting i.e. not starting on Sept 15th

3. Lack of water and electricity in metro areas

4. Corn imports from ARG and USA later in the year

5. A lifting of travel restrictions by USA for Brazilians to travel abroad

6. Who will be the lead presidential candidates to counter the current admin?

7. Selic interest rates to 7% by year end to curb inflation 

8. A breakout of the BRL below 4.80:1 or above 5.30:1 

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Good luck with harvest 



Friday, April 2, 2021

From droughts to floods and still 135 MMT

 How many hectares of soybeans were planted in 2020?

In the March Conab report, they increased planted area by 200,000 ha from 38.2 M ha to 38.4 M ha. There are some BR consultants using a 38.9 M ha planted area. This extra 500,000 ha would yield an extra 1.5 to 1.7 million tons. This explains part of the difference of opinion of those who think the crop is from 133 to 135 MMT. 

In the January newsletter, I looked at fertilizer delivered to producers and calculated that it is possible the starting point for this year's soybean crop started at 136.5 MMT. 

When I think back to the weather patterns back in Oct, Nov, and Dec, I am amazed that we are looking at a crop that is 133 MMT or larger. What does it take to kill the BR crop? The December 15th rains were a godsend because without them, millions of tons were on the cusp of evaporating. 

Mato Grosso yields were 5-7% less than last year's record productivity. Para state and Tocantins also took a hit from too much rain in February. The city of Sinop in Mato Grosso has received 2000 mm of rain from Oct to March. Most of the rain came in the months of December and February. We had a drought and a flood in the same crop season. 

Early Parana yields were terrible. However, later planted soy turned out ok. The yields were 60 sacs per hectare. This is good but not like the 70 and 80 sac yields from the previous season. 

Bahia was probably the garden of eden in 2021. We are hearing reports of 80 sac soybeans. For Bahia, this is beyond fantastic. Bahia will likely produce 6.5 MMT this year. 

RGDS is also in good shape. There is much talk of a 20 MMT crop. RGDS is the only state that can plant soybeans behind corn due to Asian rust. There are some very young soybeans in RGDS that are benefitting from late season rains. 

We still have a wide range of opinions for the Brazil soybean crop. From 128 MMT to 136 MMT. I find this 8 MMT spread really really interesting. I think back to 10 years ago, it seemed like we would debate the size of the BR soybean crop and everyone was in a 2 or 3 MMT bandwidth. The bigger the BR soybean crop becomes, the wider the ranges have become. 

Subscribers know where I stand. 

For 2022, it looks like a 140 MMT soybean crop is the baseline. It would take some really weird weather to come in less than 140 MMT in 2022 at this rate. 

Cost of production is an issue for the year ahead. KCL has risen from R$ 1600 per ton to R$ 2200 per ton for the next season. Urea has risen from R$ 1650 per ton to R$ 2300 per ton. MAP from R$ 1900 per ton to R$ 3500 per ton. Will this curb expansion? Not likely so long as corn and soybeans remain at record high prices- the animal spirits will run free. 

Land prices and land rents are on the rise. Many are negotiating new rental rates at higher levels up to 2 years in advance of contract expiration. I know of land rents in Mato Grosso that were at 13 to 15 sacs of soybeans per hectare rising to 18 sacs per hectare in the future. This is a wow for MT.

This brings us to 2nd crop corn. Will we kill this crop in the next 30 days or will Brazil pull a 2nd rabbit out of her hat for 2021? 

Corn prices on the B3 are trading at R$ 95 per sac for May. With a weak FX/BRL, this will likely trade at R$ 100 per sac of corn in April. Who wudda thunk?

I remember when corn traded at R$ 5 per sac in Mato Grosso back in 2005 time frame. 

Last year's 2nd crop corn was 75 MMT. We planted a record area of 2nd crop corn this season. I know of corn that is still being planted in Goias and MGDS as I type this. On the surface, one would have to assume these producers are insane to keep planting corn. It would be like planting corn in Iowa in July. 

Why are they doing this? 

It depends on the area. What is your land cost? If you have paid for land, one can plant a low cost corn crop and breakeven at about 30 to 40 bushel per acre. In the states, we would call the crop insurance agent to send out the adjuster. In Brazil, in 2021, if you can harvest something better than 40 bu per acre on cheap land, you are likely to be in the black. This is because of the high price of corn. Keep in mind they are reducing populations and will likely only spray the corn twice. Once with glyphosate and one more time for bugs. Take what you get. 

We have already seen reductions in the 2nd crop corn from 83 MMT to 77 MMT. This will likely continue. We will not get an accurate count of BR corn crop until August. We will likely be hearing production ranges from 70 MMT to 80 MMT+ for a long time yet. 

I ask myself: What if BR 2nd crop corn comes in at 70 MMT at the same time USA is hot and dry in July? That might garner the markets attention? 

We have a market situation in Brazil that is completely out of balance. We are seeing spot corn reaching R$ 100 per sac and soybeans are at R$ 150-R$ 160 per sac. A ratio of 1.5:1.

Can you imagine if Chicago was trading US$ 15 dollar soybeans and corn was trading US$ 10.00 per bushel at the same time? That is what it is like in Brazil at the moment. 

Area of 1st crop corn has been decreasing and shifting to soybeans for over 10 years now. I will assume that in Parana, Santa Cat. and RGDS we will see a reversal of this trend for 2022. We should start to see more 1st crop corn being planted by August this year. Brazil has put too much dependence on the 2nd crop. 

Inflation is running hot in Brazil. Gasoline and Diesel are on the rise. Beef, soy, and corn are all at record high prices. The BRL seems to like the 5.70:1 area. The pandemic has gutted political, economic, and social stability. If the BRL could drop back to the 4.50:1 area, many problems would correct themselves. If we pop above 6:1 in the future, Brazil will be in chaos. 2022 is an election year. 

If one lives inside the BR Ag bubble, things are exciting in Brazil. If one lives outside the bubble, the future is quite scary in Brazil. Vaccinations are picking up pace now, but it is starting to act like much of 2021 will disappear before any sense of normalcy will return to Brazil on a macro level. If the natives get restless, things could deteriorate from here. The publics patience is wearing thin. 

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