Author: Javier Preciado Patiño

Telco Claro launches a new IoT platform in association with BIT SA

The intelligence communication between machines (IoT or Internet of Things)  is a growing reality in the Argentina farm production. Now, Claro, one of the leading local Telco, is launching a new platform to connect farm machinery in association with BIT SA, an Ag Tech company based en Villa Maria, Córdoba Province. From the ’70’s to the present, BIT had developed software to the farm and agindustry management. “Hereinafter, this association with Claro will permit the farmer to know online, for example, the condition of the grain into the silo bag, because the sensors installed inside the bags will be transmitting data to...

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Corn at top of the Argentina exports; soybean complex, at botton

This week, National Bureau of Census and Statistics (INDEC) released its report on foreign trade commerce. In the first quarter, exports totalize U$S14,397 million while imports amount US$16,892 million, raising the trade deficit to $2,494 million. The Primary Products  (mainly grains) represents 25% of the total exports, while Ag Manufactures (MOA’s as his acronym in Spanish) represent other 36 percent. At the top of the rank of the PP are the cereals, with export surpassing $2,400 million, raising 33% respect 2017. But the main interannual gaining is due to corn, that passes from 502 to 1,010 million dollar during the first quarter....

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The dream to breed Wagyu cattle in the Pampas comes true

Gustavo Almassio is an agronomist and a farmer based at La Dulce, a small town in the southeast of the Buenos Aires Province. Six years ago, after resigning to his job in a global company, he thought into developing a value-added business in his farm. He has 330 hectares (815 acres) and loves the cows, but he didn’t want to do the same as other ranchers. Then, Mr. Almassio looked for an operation that added high quality and high prices and found the breeding of Wagyu cattle. He contacted Luis Barcos, former manager of the Sanitary and Agrifood Quality Inspection Service...

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Imported soybeans represents 16% of Argentina crushing

The National Bureau of Statistics and Census (INDEC) inform that during March, the oilseed industry imported 928.435 tons of soybean, 97% of which from Paraguay to crushing and re-export as oil and meal. It is a volume record that accumulates 1.3 million tons in the first quarter. In the same time, oilseed industry crushed 8.2 million tons (MT), that is meaning 16% of the raw material was supplied from abroad. During 2017 imported soybean reach a volume of 1.9 MT over a total beans crushed of 41.8 MT, or 4 per cent. Due to the severe drought, that crops suffered during...

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Argentina in the path to break a new record in wheat production

It is expected a bumper crop surpassing 20 million metric tons this season “I’m really optimistic”, said Ministry of AgIndustry Luis Etchevehere, when he was asked for the next wheat campaign. It happens that after a severe drought affecting de summer crops (soybeans, maize), the autumm rains are returning hopes to the beaten farmers in Las Pampas. Off the record officers from the Ministry expects a wheat harvest surpassing 20 million metric tons this season, from a planted acreage of 6 million hectares. “Prices by January 2018 are very good”, they said. Last week, in a meeting in the...

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Soybean crushing drops 10% in the first quarter

The lack of raw material are increasing the unproductive capacity in the oilseed industry No good news for the oilseed industry. According to the Argentinean Ministry of Agindustry during the first quarter of the year, oilseed industry crushed 8,15 million metric tons (MMT) of soybean, versus 8,96 in 2017 and 10,35 MMT in 2016. The lack of raw material, due to a smaller harvest, are increasing the unproductive capacity of the industry, raising fixed costs. This industry can process 62 MMT per year, but the largest volume crushed between soybeans and sunflower seed was 47,22 MMT in 2016, i.e. 76%...

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Gustavo Grobocopatel, also known as "Argentinean King of the Soybean" conceded an interview to Farm News Argentine. Competitiviness, investments, agriculture in rented lands, were some of the topics addresed. Coming soon...

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