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Brazil’s cerrado (www.agbrazil.com)

Brazilian Portuguese word cerrado (tropical high plains) translates to "closed, inaccessible wasteland “

Brazil's high-plains, the cerrados, cover an estimated 207 million hectares, or about one-fourth of the country. All but a small area lies south of the equator. From a US perspective, the cerrados equal 26% of the area of the lower 48 states--more than 510 million acres--an area larger than the US east of the Mississippi River, excluding Florida.

The area that can be cropped is estimated at about 120 million hectares. Only about 50 million ha, less than one-fourth of the cerrados, is now economically used. Of that, dryland and irrigated crops cover about 20 million ha. The rest is in pasture. The region began to open in the 1960s with the building of Brasilia, the new capital city

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