Grains and Fibers

Between 1970 and 2010, the world’s population doubled but the share of land dedicated to agriculture did not grow at the same rate. It results in the current situation characterized by strong demand for agricultural commodities, driven primarily by Chinese consumption, which increased from 27 thousand tons of soybean grains in 2005 to 102,8 thousand tons in the crop 2016/2017.

In this context Terra Santa Agro is among the largest grains and fibers producers in Brazil, in line with the sector’s growth trend on the international market.

The Company is located exclusively in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso due to its favorable conditions for agribusiness. In addition, in an effort to increase the profitability of the crops, the Company has adopted a planting risk reduction policy, which stipulates different planting protocols depending on various possible weather changes patterns.

Terra Santa Agro’s Primary Crops:

The soybean growing is a modern and dynamic activity that nowadays is assisted by various technological solutions, ranging from soil preparation to the use of specialize harvesting machinery. This crop also offers a shorter production term than others. Brazil is one of the world’s largest exporters of soybean and has developed highly efficient standards, making soybean production important to the domestic economy.

Soybean is the most important cash crop of Terra Santa Agro . The planting process, harvest, standardization, and storing of the grains are carried out by the Company in accordance with high quality standards that contribute to the excellence of the final product.

Cotton has a longer cycle, highly profitable, and is extremely important to Brazilian agriculture. Plume cotton is extracted as the primary product, along with cotton seeds, a secondary product rich in protein that is used as cattle feed. Cotton seeds are also used to obtain bran, cotton seed oil, and lint, products whose demand is growing on both domestic and foreign markets.

Terra Santa Agro‘s cotton is planted in Both the first and second harvest periods.

Cotton processing is done at 3 gins (owned by the company), and a large portion of the final product is exported to Asian and European nations.

Corn, with its very simple value chain and low planting costs (it is the grains themselves that are marketed), also plays a key role in depositing organic material into soil and in crop rotation, providing a biological option in efforts to combat soil pests, which are very common in monoculture contexts. The corn planted at Terra Santa Agro’s production units is classified as a second crop.

Brazil is among the world’s largest corn producers, and practically all of the corn produced here is consumed domestically.

Harvest Timeline

The Company’s business is subject to seasonality relating to the planting, treatment and harvest cycles of cotton, soybean, and corn in the various regions in which its farms are located. These periods, in turn, are dependent upon rainfall patterns in those regions and define how the cultivation is managed. The harvest runs from September of a given year through August of the following year.

As the following timeline illustrates:

Planted Area

2018/19 Crop

Planting (ha)
Crop Mix
2017/18 2018/19E
Planted Area
(%) 2nd Intention (%)
Soybean 100,655 57% 91,064 58%
1st Crop 100,655 57% 91,064 58%
Cotton 31,861 18% 35,880 23%
1st Crop 3,206 2% 465 0%
2nd Crop 28,655 16% 35,415 23%
Corn 41,184 23% 29,873 19%
1st Crop 380 0% 417 0%
2nd Crop 31,361 18% 25,843 16%
Alternative Corn 8,285 5% 0 0%
Popcorn 0 0% 2,254 1%
Curtain 1,158 1% 1,359 0%
Sunflower 1,862 1% 0 0%
Others 1,359 1% 495 0%
Total 176,921 100% 157,312 100%