But after one day of sightseeing it was off to work on a bus tour. From Iguacu, Ott, E. toured soybean fields. Due to the climate in Brazil they are able to get in 2 crops a year. Brazillian farmers were planting corn while he was there and finishing up harvesting soybeans. As you can see in the picture below their soil is red and is in the Oxisol Soil order (for those Soil Scientist out there).
Later in the week he was able to tour a sugar cane field and toured Coamo Co-Op in southern Brazil where Co-Op agronomist discussed herbicide resistant weeds.
The next day they toured the Embrapa soybean research facility; (pictured below) where they developed tropical soybean varieties and continue to do research on soybeans.
By the end of the week he had eaten several meals of Brazillian BBQ, drank several cups of really strong Brazillian coffee and was ready to come back to the US. After 13 hours on planes and another 10 hours in airports he was safely back in Indiana and back to looking at weeds growing on a Miami Silt Loam. (hey, gotta keep the Soil Scientist happy.)