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About 20.6% of Argentina's 2019/20 corn crop has been planted so far while the season's wheat harvest has begun in early-planted northern farm areas, the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange said in its weekly report on Thursday.

Argentine growers are expected to sow a total 6.4 million hectares with corn this season, according to exchange estimates. Planting progressed by 4.6 percentage points during the preceding week, focused in San Luis, Cordoba, Santa Fe, Entre Rios and the bread-basket province of Buenos Aires, the exchange report said.

The Southern Hemisphere spring started on September 21. "Warmer soil temperatures improved planting conditions," it added. Initial wheat collection in marginal growing areas in northern parts of the country had begun, meanwhile, "with yields of 1.5 tonnes to 1.8 tonnes per hectare", the report said.

In western Cordoba province, hot and dry weather has stifled crop development and farmers are hoping for rain over the weeks ahead, according to the report.

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