Forum emphasizes the importance of wheat for the production system

Forum emphasizes the importance of wheat for the production system

Wheat production and profitability were the focus of the Forum on Wheat which took place this Wednesday, March 4 in the central auditorium of the Expodireto Cotrijal Park. Despite lecturers pointing out that wheat is a crop that doesn’t excite farmers in general, it was emphasized that wheat is an important option in the production system.

Cláudio Kapp Júnior, a researcher in the ABC Foundation Rural Economic Sector (Setor de Economia Rural da Fundação ABC) brought results from research conducted between 1995 and 2018, discussing 25 harvests in a 422,000 hectare wheat area in Paraná and São Paulo. The final result showed a profit of around R$ 230,00 per hectare. “This is significant and shows that wheat is very important in the production system and a good winter option. It’s not the only option, but a farmer could introduce wheat to increase their property’s profitability.”

The researcher asserted that farmers are normally used to evaluating an independent isolated harvest and could encounter a negative balance for wheat and think the crop isn’t profitable. “However, the research proved that throughout good and bad years, wheat was more profitable than green cover that doesn’t provide income,” he assessed.

Grupo Agros, Carlos André Fiorin assistant coordinator recommended that farmers plan for cultivation, take each region’s situation into account, and pay attention to production costs that have been highly important during the last five years. “You don’t need to necessarily turn a profit, but you have to cover at last a part of the farm’s operating costs,” he explained.

For Fiorin, if the farmer reaches a minimum average of 60 bags per hectare, he’ll continue to increase his farm’s profitability. “If the farmer sells this produce for 44 reais per bag, 1000 reais will remain to help with other operating costs.”

Paulo Cezar Vieira Pires, president of the Rio Grande do Sul Agricultural Co-Op Federation (Federação das Cooperativas Agropecuárias do RS - FecoAgro/RS)) emphasized that of the 10 million tons of wheat were consumed in Brazil, 2 million tons are produced in Rio Grande do Sul.

He didn’t disclose numbers, but he made a point to mention the benefits of the cereal in the production system like creating haystacks, better control of pests, illnesses, and damaging plants and optimizing machinery and labor. “If you're going to plant wheat, plant it well. The farmer wants results. Increasing productivity without spending more,” he concluded.

Source: Expodireto Cotrijal Press Office

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