Last week, both the Buenos Aires Grain Exchange and the Rosario Grain Exchange reduced their 2022/23 Argentina soybean estimates. The Buenos Aires Grain Exchange estimated a decrease of 4.5 million tons to 29.0 million, while the Rosario Grain Exchange estimated a decrease of 7.5 million tons to 27.0 million. Additionally, the March WASDE Report from the USDA also lowered the 2022/23 Argentina soybean estimate by 8.0 million tons to 33.0 million.
As of late last week, the 2022/23 soybeans in Argentina were rated 71% poor/very poor, 27% fair, and 2% good/excellent. The good/excellent percentage remained unchanged from the previous week. Moreover, the soil moisture for soybeans was rated 75% short/very short, and only 25% was rated favorable/optimum. This favorable/optimum percentage declined by 1 point from the prior week.
Regarding the growth of soybeans in Argentina, early-planted soybeans are approximately 45% filling pods, with only 3% being mature and less than 1% harvested. On the other hand, late-planted soybeans are about 56% setting pods.