Brazil Agrochemical Update - 02/16

  • Total fertilizer imports of US$ 15.2 billion in 2021, 90% higher than the previous year. 41.5 million tonnes of fertilizers were imported, at an average price of US$ 364.34 per ton. (Secretary of Foreign Trade)
  • Delay in the delivery of herbicides for corn, mainly atrazine, the most used one. Lack of the product is more critical in the states of Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina, Paraná, Mato Grosso do Sul and São Paulo, where the 1st season harvest was affected by the drought. (Abramilho and Aprosoja)
  • Sanitary break in State of Rio Grande do Sul for soybean grow in 022/23 harvest. Calendar was published by the Ministry of Agriculture through Ordinance No. 516. During the 90-day period, soybean plants cannot be kept alive at any stage of development. The sanitary break, unprecedented in the state, is a strategy to control Asian rust, caused by the fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi. (Ministry of Agriculture)
  • Anticipating soybean sowing schedule may lead to greater risks of attacks by pests and fungal diseases, with a faster loss of molecule efficiency to control diseases such as Asian rust, in addition to an increase of agrochemical applications. (Embrapa)
  • Acron Group intends to resume work on the Nitrogen Fertilizer Unit (UFN3) in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul in June. The sales of Petrobras factories could lead to a shortage of product in domestic market, that is already dependent on imports. (Single Federation of Oil Workers – FUP; Acron Group)
  • Conflict between Russia and Ukraine could lead to an increase in the cost of fertilizers. Russia is responsible for 22% of all imported fertilizer in 2021. (Rabobank)
  • Border Operations Department seizes 2,000 L of banned pesticides, in Ponta Porã, MS. Product was analogous to paraquat. (DOF)
  • National Union of Plant Protection Industry reports instability in the supply of raw material for the production of pesticides among its 26 member companies. (Sindiveg)
  • ANVISA approves toxicological evaluation of a new active ingredient, Bistrifluron, an IHARA insecticide. (ANVISA)