Costa Rica: melon growers lost an additional 5% of their harvest

Heavy rainfall during the last two weeks affected an additional 5% of the melon production in Guanacaste (Costa Rica). Growers lost already 35% of their crop (about 77,000 tons) of the projected harvest for this year.

Monday, April 14, 2008

This reduction was the result of an unexpected rainy season since December 2007. Excessive humidity generated more diseases and hampered ripening.
The last rains affected 11,000 tons. Growers cultivated this year a total of 9,600 hectares and expected 220,000 tons, but with the current conditions the total crop has been estimated at 132,000 tons.

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Guatemala: 57% Increase in Corn Crop

July 2011

Guatemalan corn growers expect the harvest for the period 2011-2012 to be the best in the last 20 years.

The expected production for this crop, beginning in August 2011 and ending in January 2012, is 30 million quintals according to Jorge Gonzalez, manager of the Agricultural Cooperative Pipiltlán in Asuncion Mita, Jutiapa.

9% Rise in Sugar Production in El Salvador

November 2011

The Sugar Association of El Salvador expects an 8.8% increase in the 2011/12 harvest, as compared to the previous cycle.

Producers and refineries anticipate production to total 625,000 metric tons of sugar and 210,000 of molasses, a considerable increase on the previous cycle, when there were 574,000 tons of sugar and 197,000 of molasses.

Nicaragua Will Plant 70,000 Ha of Beans

October 2010

Domestic producers are seeking to reverse the shortage of grain present in the country and the region.

In the coming weeks, 70,000 hectares of beans will be planted, so that there is sufficient inventory starting December. reports, "Nicaragua and other countries in the region face a severe shortage of red beans, as rains in the last month damaged crops and grain exporters prioritized their foreign sales.”

2010-2011 Colombian Coffee Crop May Drop

September 2010

Colombia’s coffee harvest may decline in 2011 after wet weather caused the worst outbreak of a plant-damaging fungus in a quarter of a century.

Above-average rainfall for a second season will lead to a third year of “low” production in 2011, said Jose Sierra, who represents Antioquia, the nation’s largest coffee-growing province, at Colombia’s National Federation of Coffee Growers.

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