ACTIVITIES

DRYLAND FARMING

Over the past few years dryland farming has been the most dynamic sector in Uruguay. In the year 2000 dryland farming occupied around 350,000 hectares of Uruguay´s territory, while around 14 million livestock heads were counted. In 2010 the planted area of dryland farming surpassed 1 million hectares, while livestock reduced to 13.4 million heads. These grains increased from 17% of Uruguay´s exports measured in US$ in 2000 to 35% in 2010, surpassing for the first time in the country´s history cattle meat exports.

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SOYBEAN

Uruguay has rich soil that is suitable for crop production. Approximately 2.7 million tonnes were produced in 2013.

Soybeans have surpassed rice as the most important crop in Uruguay, in terms of tonnes produced.

Uruguay is currently the 4th largest soybean producer in Latin America after Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay, with an estimated production of around 2.7 million tonnes in 2013.

The country´s abundant rainfall, freshwater resources and moderate temperatures offer an ideal climate for agricultural production, allowing for two annual harvests of crops in the same year such as wheat and soybean.

We harvested 60,201 ha of soybean this year with an average yield of 2,322 kg per ha. We harvested 43,200 ha of soybean first crop and 17,001 ha of soybean second crop.

WHEAT

Wheat has become an increasingly important crop in Uruguay and has benefited from new technology that allows the conversion of land from cattle-grazing to grain-farming.

The total planted area in the country in 2013 was approximately 500,000 ha with an average yield of 2,200 kg per hectare, the lowest yield obtained over the last ten years.

We planted 9,250 hectares of wheat during 2013.

CORN

Corn is an important crop in Uruguay, not only for human consumption, but in particularly as animal feed.

Over 120,000 hectares of corn were harvested in 2013 corresponding to nearly 10% of the total area of summer crops, with a production of around 700,000 tonnes. The production was very similar to the one in 2012 after growing for 7 consecutive years. UAG produced around 16,000 tonnes of corn this season.

SORGHUM

Despite having lower nutritional capacity than corn, sorghum is a widely used crop as animal feed.

Almost 50,000 hectares where harvested in Uruguay in 2013, for a production of 210,000 tonnes. The majority of Uruguayan Sorghum production is destined to the internal market. UAG harvested around 9,500 tonnes of sorghum this season.