Farming, Photography

Our little version of Mr.Jingles

Remember Mr.Jingles in “The Green Mile” film ?
Yesterday afternoon we had our little version of him.
Afraid of hawks that keep flying over harvested fields, he hided himself in between our feets while trembling in fear.

Mr.Jingles

But please, sentimental reader, don’t get scared too. We didn’t crush him. The foot is over there just for the sake of the picture.

By the way…
Yields are still pretty good.

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Mato Grosso Soybeans Harvest Pictures and Early Numbers

The fun has started.
Firts fields, planted around September 25, are being harvested this week and yields have been great, particularly from new varieties that are resistant to multiple breeds of cyst nematodes. Numbers are few and I should not mention them yet(excitement mode on hold), but if confirmed on other areas they might mean a truly yield revolution in the west of Mato Grosso, a region where cyst nematodes have been causing yield losses of 10-20%(or even more) and are a bigger problem than on the rest of the state.

2014/01/10 - Sapezal, Mato Grosso, Brazil.

31 combines waiting to act in a seed field from Bom Futuro Group. Sapezal, Mato Grosso, Brazil. 2014/01/10

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Helicoverpa Caterpillar Update

These pictures were taken yesterday morning and I think summarizes the scenario across all Mato Grosso.

Helicoverpa is here, everywhere, but easily under control. We have been more vigilant than usual, true, and spraying wherever is needed(some fields are on its 5th), but even the fields from some more reckless farmers are looking fine. This is quite unexpected and my guess is that it’s probably related to the high moisture conditions present in Mato Grosso, conditions that didn’t happen in Bahia last year, when this plague took control over there. Still, we should be aware that a dry spell(+15days) on january, in Mato Grosso, isn’t a rare event and would certainly make things harder, even though most of the potential loss is gone given soybeans late growth stage. Something odd, is that the Soybeans Looper(Pseudoplusia includens), a regular caterpillar, is the one causing problems this season.

Anyway, soybeans are looking great, much more than last year.


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