CropSpotters.com is where North and South American agriculture meet. Our mission is to keep you informed about South American farming issues by providing weekly progress reports from our Brazilian CropSpotters, feedback from farmers across the globe, and insightful information from industry professionals.
The 2011-2012 CropSpotters are a group of 12 Brazilian farmers who provide weekly reports on soybean crop progress and farming issues throughout Brazil's crop year - the first week in November to the first week in May. Reporting for crop year 2011-2012 begins on November 1, 2011.
The CropSpotters report from 9 different Brazilian States: Rio Grande do Sul, Paraná, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Tocantins, Mato Grosso, Roraima, Piauí and Goiás. Reports from 9 of the 12 CropSpotters are free and available to the public, while reports from the remaining 3 (2 from Mato Grosso and 1 from Tocantins) are available to subscribers only. More about subscriber benefits.
James Thompson, Editor
James Thompson has worked with the reporting farmers (CropSpotters) since 2004, and has been on several of their operations. He interviews each farmer weekly by phone or email. James and his team then carefully translate the interviews to make them interesting and informative, and to capture the unique personality of each CropSpotter.
James also writes a blog for Farm Futures and tweets regularly about ag news and developments in South America (@BrazilAg). He operates a 1400-acre farm in Tocantins state, Brazil.
Cindy Steele, Site designer, webmaster and social media manager
Cindy has worked with CropSpotters.com since 2008. She designed and built the original web site, and now helps to maintain and promote it. She administers the company’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/CropSpotters) and is also one of the voices behind @CropSpotters on Twitter.com.
Cindy has been an agriculture advocate most of her life, and especially enjoys helping local farmers by setting up their web sites and social media marketing programs. She very much enjoys working with the Brazilian Cropspotters and telling the story of South American production agriculture to producers around the world.
Cindy administers CropSpotters.com through NovaTech Marketing, a website design and promotion consultancy.