(DTN)--Brazil's soybean harvest was 79 percent complete on April 16, according to the weekly survey of Brazilian private analyst Celeres. That was a 10 point increase from the week before, and compares to 74 percent complete last year and 76 percent for the 5-year average.

Farmer selling remained light but is well ahead of last year's pace. Sixty percent of the crop is now sold, up from 59 percent the previous week and ahead of the 45 percent marketed for a year ago. On average, 56 percent of the crop has been sold over the past 5 years.

Harvest is nearing completion in the main crop areas of Central-West Brazil. Mato Grosso is 98 percent harvested, Goias 97 percent. In the South, Parana is 94 percent complete. The Northeast is not as advanced but is ahead of last year's pace. Maranhao is reported at 53 percent harvested, compared to 46 percent at this time a year ago.

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