Major Brazilian Soybean Grower to Cut Fertilizer Use
One of Brazil’s largest farmers plans to reduce fertilizer use by a quarter next season, relying on more precise applications and soil testing to maintain crop yields, Bloomberg reported. SLC Agricola SA, which cultivates an area bigger than Delaware with soybeans, corn and cotton, will probably use between 20% and 25% less fertilizer in 2022-23 without jeopardizing yields, according to company officials. Many farmers are considering cutting fertilizer usage due to higher prices and shortages. According to fertilizer industry sources, only about 15% of Brazil’s agriculture areas may sustain itself without fertilizers.