Guatemalan Corn Crop Lower than Expected

The Ministry of Agriculture projected a production of 33.3 million quintals for 2009.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Agriculture Minister Mario Aldana reported that 30 million quintals of white corn for human consumption and 3.3 million quintals of yellow corn for industrial use are expected.

Rosa M. Bolaños reported the minister’s statements in her article in Prensalibre.com: “The country consumes 36 million quintals of white corn. Taking into account projected production and an existing residual inventory the deficit would be 3 million quintals.”

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Guatemala Projects Record Crops of Corn and Beans

October 2013

Estimates are that this year they will harvest 35 million quintals of corn and 6 million quintals of beans.

This year in 2013, the corn harvest was 33 million quintals and 5 million quintals of beans, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA).

The deputy minister of the Maga, Carlos Anzueto, said that this record has been achieved because of the distribution of rainfall, automation and the presence of agricultural extension.

Corn Harvest in Guatemala Up 3%

December 2012

Despite the announcement that there could be a shortfall in the production of white maize, the harvest ended up being 37 million quintals, a million more than in 2011.

Efraín Medina, head of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA in Spanish), said: "We are concerned about the lack of rain or the inconsistency with which it fell in the days that are most fundamental to the grain, however, due to the efforts MAGA has made in delivering improved seeds and fertilizer, we were able to exceed the figure and ensure good production, since the yield per acre amounted to 30.65%. "

El Salvador Expects to Produce 15% More Grains

April 2010

The country would output 15% more red beans and white corn when comparing to the previous cycle, according to estimates by the Agriculture Ministry.

Minister Manuel Sevilla explained that these improved forecasts are in response to increased rainfall in El Salvador.

“Increased rainfall during April means that weather phenomena ‘El Niño’, which causes droughts, could be losing strength earlier than anticipated”, reported Laprensagrafica.com.

Guatemala Expects Larger Corn Harvest

April 2010

The Agriculture Ministry expects the upcoming white corn harvest to be 5.5% larger than its predecessor.

According to preliminary estimates by the ministry, 28 million quintals would be produced in the 2010 season.

Minister Juan Alfonso de León informed that “in the second harvest of the 2009 cycle –which ended March 2010- production reached 8 million quintals.

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