The drought caused damage of between 70% and 80% in soybean plots of the Castellaro field in Entre Ríos.

The drought affects agricultural production throughout the country, with temperatures that exceeded 40 degrees during this week. In this context, the self-convened producer Iván Castellaro shared images of the damage that the weather caused in the province of Between rivers. In this case, in his field in the department of Villaguay, and in a neighboring establishment located about 20 kilometers away.

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Although he is based in the Santa Fe town of Cañada de Gómez, Castellaro works an agricultural-livestock extension of approximately 300 hectares in Entre Ríos. “I lost 100% of about 80 hectares of late corn that I had planted. Something was saved from the early corn, but the yield will be very low. While in soy we calculate between 70% and 80% damage in some batches, “he told TN.

The drought caused damage of between 70% and 80% in soybean plots of the Castellaro field in Entre Ríos.

In this regard, he added: “The province of Entre Ríos is very affected in general. If you go by any route, it is common to see damage from 40% to 100% ”.

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In fact, the Rosario Stock Exchange (BCR) indicated in its recent monthly overview that the province “once again has a terrible productive year: in 2021 the yield was 46 qq / ha and this time 42 quintals are estimated according to the SIBER, from the Entre Ríos Stock Exchange, which does not rule out new discounts ”.

Producer Iván Castellaro shared images of how high temperatures impacted the province of Entre Ríos.

But the consequences of the dry season are not only seen in agriculture. They are also observed in livestock. “The mountains no longer exist. There is no grass, everything is dead. This terribly affects livestock, I had to go out to buy rolls and grains so that the animals would not die from lack of food. They are trying to keep them that way, but the pasture lots are all burned. I had some reserve, because I planted forage sorghum with some other pasture, but this summer there was nothing left. We come from a very harsh winter, where frost hit and 80% of the rolls were consumed. Now, when so much dry was not expected, they finished consuming what was left ”.

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Castellaro said that he lost all of about 80 hectares of late corn that he had planted.
Castellaro said that he lost all of about 80 hectares of late corn that he had planted.

What’s more, alerted that rolls are not available. “The price is very high, because the whole country goes through the same thing, and whoever has rolls does not sell them, because many also raise livestock and need them ”.

“When things go well they take it all away, and when things go bad too,” Castellaro complained.

Castellaro, who has a active role as a self-convened producer and was one of the organizers of the armstrong assembly where the 4 entities of the liaison table participated, made harsh questions about the role of the Government in this difficult moment that affects the sector.

“The agricultural emergency, which should be declared nationally, postpones nothing more than property taxes, but the Government keeps 70% of the few grains that are managed to collect. In good times they take her and in bad times too. They drag you to the bankruptcy yes or yes ”, he asserted.

"There are going to be many people who are not even going to collect what remains, because they do not even take out to pay for the work of the combine," said Castellaro.
“There are going to be many people who are not even going to collect what remains, because they do not even take out to pay for the work of the combine,” said Castellaro.

On that, he elaborated: “It should be understood that it is collected on the gross, not on our profit. This means that if, for example, you have 25 quintals of cost to plant soybeans and you got 5, the Government takes 3.5 and you are in debt in 20. Therefore, there are going to be many people who are not even going to collect what remains, because they do not even take out to pay for the work of the combine harvester”.

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On the other hand, the producer considered: “They will not want to declare the agricultural emergency, because they never do. There was a project, which comes from 2008, of a fund for catastrophes in the sector, which was never used, and the producers never received any of that money ”.

High temperatures hit the province of Entre Ríos hard.  (Photo: Iván Castellaro)
High temperatures hit the province of Entre Ríos hard. (Photo: Iván Castellaro)

Castellaro also referred to the increase in the amount allocated to that fund, which the Minister of Agriculture of the Nation, Julian Dominguez, recently asked the Chief of Staff, Juan Manzur. “To give it to whom? To nobody. We went through floods and droughts, but I never found out that someone was given anything”, He concluded.

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