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The water-table has risen 10 meters in Argentina’s Pampa Region since the 70’s

Unlike many of the world’s main food basket regions where over-irrigation, climate change and groundwater pollution are the problem, Argentina has a different challenge. Since the seventies, the water table has been rising, according to a report by INTA ( Argentina’s Agriculture Department ) Marcos Juárez; The ascent in levels complicates the work in the fields and raises the costs of the local producers. Examples of the rising water table level problem are in the south of Córdoba, areas bordering…

Gustavo Grobocopatel: “Argentina is a fabulous place to invest in farming”

Gustavo Grobocopatel used to be known as the “Argentinean King of the Soybean”. The business of this farmer born at Carlos Casares, a little town in the heart of Las Pampas, had a fast and incredible growing period during the middle of the ’90s and the first decade of the 21st century. “Los Grobo”, the name that popularized the company, developed a business model based on renting the land, running the crops, supplying inputs to farmers, and storing and commercialising the grain (owned and from third…

1,000,000 acre Argentina Farm offered for sale in San Juan

Gateway to South America – Argentina   Estancia Punta del Agua – 1,000,000 acres Location: San Juan, ArgentinaAsking USD: Expressions of InterestCode: ARATF226 Click this link to see the video and Brochure of the propertySize: 375,640 hectares more or less Description375,640  hectares or just under 1 million acres in the North West of Argentina, with potential and feasibility studies for agriculture, cattle ranching, biofuels, renewable energies and tourism. Strategically located…

Global grain shortage is an opportunity for Argentina’s ‘green gold’

The soybean harvest will be smaller than last year, but it will bring in record prices as a result of Russia’s attack on Ukraine. Agro-industrial exports could reach as high as US$41 billion this year, according to experts. Argentina’s strong soybean and grain harvest this year is a source of optimism in the face of a global grain shortage brought on by the war in Ukraine – as well as a supplier of an injection of “agro-dollars” into the country’s battered economy. In May, the…

So you want to buy farm land in South America – What are the options ?

So you want to be a landowner in South America Investing in farmland can make for an intriguing alternative to the stock market. Farmland is safe historically and a great hedge against inflation and is an asset class that does not correlate with the normal stock market. As the world’s population continues to grow (9.15 billion estimates by 2050) and the global middle-class continues to emerge (with changing dietary habits toward more calories and meat), farmland is poised to become an even more intriguing…

Argentina set to boost coffers amid a rebound in commodity prices

With soy and maize reaching peaks in Chicago, Argentina could also look forward to record earnings of almost US$3.2 billion from a promising wheat harvest, according to a new report. ith soy and maize reaching peaks of US$600 and almost US$300 per ton respectively in Chicago in recent days, Argentina could also look forward to record earnings of almost US$3.2 billion from a promising wheat harvest, whose yield is expected to rise 30 percent in 2021-2022, according to a new report. Nevertheless, the report by…

Are agricultural investment funds a bottomless basket?

Financially, we all remember the date: September 2008. The Sub-prime crisis and everything that’s happened in these 10 years. Global rates fell, the profitability of many businesses went down and various businesses ‘too big to fail‘ finally did also fall. But there was a common denominator in a particular sector. Where there were real assets such, as agricultural land, the financial damage was lower. On the other hand, the dilemma of world food supply continues. By 2050 the population will…

Argentina becomes the first country to approve genetically modified wheat

Argentina, the fourth largest wheat exporter in the world, has become the first country in the world to approve the commercialisation of a variety of transgenic wheat Argentina has become the first country to approve the growth and consumption of genetically modified wheat, the Agriculture Ministry announced Thursday. In a statement released by the portfolio, the Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas de Argentina (National Commission for Science and Technology, CONICET) said…

Argentine barley is rushed to China as the Australia spat reshuffles global trade

Argentine barley shipments have started streaming toward China after a three-year lull as a trade conflict between Asia’s top buyer and main supplier Australia changes global supply flows of the grain used for livestock feed and beer. Argentina is on track to send at least 250,000 tonnes this year and a record 380,000 tonnes in 2021, according to export licenses and private company declarations seen by Reuters. That is up from virtually nothing in 2019.  “We loaded a ship on Sunday with 65,000 tonnes…

Argentina’s soybean crop forecasts increase to 53.1 million tons on favourable moisture conditions

Last years 2018/19 harvest was affected by a cruel drought which with along a very strong US dollar, damaged the Argentine economy, making it easier for the left-wing Peronist/Kirchner government to return to power. This year it is a normal harvest but too late to help the struggling economy. Argentina’s soybean harvest for the 2019/20 season is forecast at 53.1 million tonnes, the Buenos Aires grains exchange said last week, an improvement from a prediction it made towards the end of last year. The forecast…

Argentine farming has a revival and aims for new production records in 2020

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The agricultural super harvest this year, the boost in meat exports and the opening of new markets for the regional economies has put the sector at the forefront of the exit from the current grueling recession. The agro-industrial sector will receive President Mauricio Macri tomorrow at the formal opening of the Palermo Livestock Exhibition with more than the good financial numbers on the table to discuss. It is the farming sector that once again has proved this year that it is the main engine of the Argentine…

Argentina’s economy lifting out of recession: activity rises in May for the first time in a year

Argentina’s economic activity rose for the first time in over a year in May, a rare boost for President Mauricio Macri as he looks to dig the South American country out of a crippling recession ahead of presidential elections later this year. The 2.6% rise versus the same month a year ago topped even the most optimistic estimates from analysts and broke a run of 12 consecutive months of falling economic activity. The monthly growth will come as welcome news for Macri, whose popularity has taken a pounding…

Cresud one of Argentina’s largest diversified agro/commercial groups has made a loss

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Despite a very good performance in the agribusiness unit, Cresud, one of the biggest farm and real-estate companies in Argentina, announced AR$ 9.8 billion loss in the 9-months period of the fiscal year 2019. The press release of the company remarks the following highlights. Net result for the 9-month period of fiscal year 2019 recorded a loss of ARS 9,794 million compared to a gain of ARS 10,468 million in the same period of FY 2018, mainly explained by higher financial losses due to Argentine…

Excellent Rains in Argentina’s soybean belt give expectations of a bumper 2019 harvest

Unlike last year the rains has been good in key parts of the Pampas including northern Buenos Aires, and southern Cordoba, Santa Fe, and Entre Rios provinces Rainstorms are sweeping Argentina’s soy belt, building soil moisture needed to guarantee good yields when crops blossom in February and providing some cushion for China to buy should its trade war with the United States continue to limit U.S. supplies. Bolstered by strong showers in key parts of the Pampas farm region, which meteorologists expect to…

“Argentinean soybean breeders are world class”

Julio Ferrarotti is a pioneer in the breeding of soy in Argentina. His father registered the first national cultivar of soybeans in ’60. In 1994 he founded a new seed company, named Relmó, together with four partners, including his father and brother. After the sale of the company to an investment fund around 2008, he continued his work as a breeder and headed Prosoja, a non-governmental association that brings together Argentine soy breeders. We wanted to know his opinion on the state of the art in the…
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