May’s estimate expects record harvest of grain, cereals and legumes at 262.8 million tons in 2021, according to the Systematic Survey of Agricultural Production (LSPA) by the IBGE. The output in 2021 should be 3.4% higher than last year, which reached 254.1 million tons. Corn is likely to reach the output of 99.2 million tons, a drop of 3.9% compared with last year, despite increases of 6.0% in planted area and of 6.2% in the area to be harvested. Corn is one of the three major products in the group of grains, cereals and legumes. The other two are rice and soybeans. Together, they represent 92.6% of production and account for 87.7% of the area to be harvested. Soybeans is the crop with the largest share in that volume output. Its harvest should be a record this year, reaching 132.9 million tons. It is an increase of 9.4% over the 2020 output. This year, rice production should be 2.8% higher than last year.
Source: Agencia IBGE (*Translated by Ia Niani)