Weather conditions ahead of planting in South America

A principal atmospheric scientist says he’ll be watching weather conditions in South America during the next week.

Eric Snodgrass with Nutrien Ag Solutions says September 15 is the date to watch.

“That’s when the first crop of beans is going to go in and they’ll literally be waiting in planters to go on that date,” he says. “If it doesn’t start raining, they won’t go because they have to get out of their dry season and get moisture back into the soil so that the seed bed is ready to take in and then let that soybean crop germinate.”

Planting was delayed in some areas last year, but Snodgrass says he doesn’t expect that to happen this fall.

“But, any delay is important for US markets so we all need to watch carefully starting on September 15 to see if they roll fast because we are expecting big acres out of South America this year,” he says.

Brownfield interviewed Snodgrass during a tour at the Nutrien Ag Solutions Innovation Farm in Champaign, Illinois.

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