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Planeste Farm

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Planeste Farm (Lat. 08°33’17,078”S and Long. 46°51’34,477”W), located in Balsas, Maranhão, has a total area of 39,417 hectares, being 22,785 hectares owned by LandCo and 16,632 hectares of leased area. Its planted area for the 2019/20 crop was 59,089 ha.

Where we are

Find out how to get to Planeste Farm

Leaving the center of Balsas (MA) via highway MA-140 in the direction of Campos Lindos (TO), drive along for approximately 67 km. Turn left on to highway MA-007 heading towards the community named Vila Batavo and drive along for about 130 km. Arriving at Vila Batavo, turn right on to the farm access road and follow it for 14 km until you reach the farm offices.

MA 140 Road. Km 200. Balsas (MA). CEP 65.800-000



Aerial view of the Farm


History, projects and research

History

Planeste Farm is situated 220 km from the city of Balsas (MA), in the south of Maranhão. It started on Oct 30, 1997, in a wooden “shed”, divided into housing for employees, cafeteria, maintenance, warehouse and a collective bathroom. At the time there was no electricity at the unit. There were only 30 employees, they planted soybeans and millet cover. Today, the Farm has two office locations, 246 employees and they plant cotton, soybeans and corn.

Social projects

Planeste Farm serves institutions such as Pingo de Gente day care center, which is located on the Farm and the Família Agrícola Rio Peixe School, which is located in the village of Porto do Isidoro Gerais de Balsas (MA). Farm employees work with this school through donations, which benefit 26 students. They also make donations to the Padre Fábio Bertagnolli School, located in the Batavo village community.

Research

Planeste Farm has an area of approximately 176 ha used for field trials which evaluate the behavior and response of agricultural crops to cultivation treatments, control of pests, diseases and weeds, as well as the continuous evaluation of cultivars, varieties, hybrids and biotechnology available in the market. The response of crops to the management of potassium fertilizers has also been tested.