Georgia growers study agricultural practices in Argentina and Brazil

Haire, Brad
April 2005
Southeast Farm Press;4/6/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 10, p30
Trade Publication
The article reports that Georgia growers study agricultural practices in Argentina and Brazil. Soils in Argentina and Brazil can grow good crops with little fertilizer. Both countries have fewer pest and disease problems. Farm laborers work cheap, and chemical costs are low. Brazil's growing season, too, is much longer than Georgia's. Brazilian and Argentine farmers could become global competitors for U.S. farmers. Brazil is about as big as the continental U.S. Argentina is nearly a third of the size of Brazil. Soybeans are the major crop in the area. Smith said. Farmers there also grow corn, cotton and peanuts, all major Georgia commodities. Cooperatives there add value to commodities and save on costs, too.


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