Wheat farming declining in Entre Rios, Argentina

Wheat farming declining in Entre Rios, Argentina

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Argentina: Wheat farming in Entre Rios province, Argentina, has decreased by 14.69 percent over the last agricultural cycle, according to a report of Agricultural Information System of the Grain Exchange in Entre Rios.

The process of determining the acreage was based on data provided by the staff of the Agricultural Information System of the Grain Exchange in Entre Ríos (Siber), support of images from the Landsat 5 TM and Terra Modis, complemented by field trips made by professionals in the institution.

The wheat area in Entre Rios had a peak in 2001/02, which had 424,500 hectares, after which the area experienced a downward trend until it is positioned in a flat 209,720 in 2005/06. The current crop season was slightly below the average for the past eleven years, which is 291,809 hectares.

The downward trend was fuelled by two fundamental reasons: the sheer volume of production last year had not been able to market and the lack of real price of grain in the future. Subsequently, the abundant rainfall (mainly in the eastern sector of the province), caused the postponement of work due to lack of floor extending the deployment until the first fortnight of August.

Source: www.diarioelargentino.com.ar