Rains in Honduras affect 50% of the crop

Losses of up to 50 percent of the seeded acreage of corn due to recent heavy rains have been reported in some parts of the country.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

"In Olancho in the northwest and in other communities there have been more than 16 straight days of rain," said the president of Prograno, Luis Donaire. "They have lost almost 50 percent of their corn crop.
Donaire said the corn has progressed past the primary stage and it is too late in the season to reseed.
The government estimates that this year's production will total about 22 million quintals of basic grains and two million quintals of beans. Corn production will be about 15 million quintals.
A quintal is equivalent to about 46 kilograms, or just over 100 imperial pounds.

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El Salvador: Storm Damage Assessment

October 2011

Crops of corn, beans, rice and sorghum have suffered the most damage after rains hit El Salvador for 10 days.

Government officials have assessed the effects of the storm on plantations throughout the country, and the results are not very optimistic.

The number of bushels of grains that were lost amounts to 1.6 million, as calculated by producers and the Ministry of Agriculture, who is in charge of the analysis.

Multi-million Dollar Losses in Guatemalan Agriculture

September 2010

The Ministry of Agriculture forecasts $3.2 million worth of losses, mainly in crops of white corn.

The heavy rains that have been falling since 28 August have flattened 4,852 hectares of corn, which represents a loss of $2.6 million.

The Minister for Agriculture, Juan Alfonso De León, explained that while around 300,000 hundred weight of grain will no longer enter the market due to the rain, production is still expected to exceed 29 million sacks in the current harvest, according to Prensalibre.com. "We do not expect to have to resort to an import contingency plan," he said.

$28 Million Losses in Salvadoran Plantations

October 2009

Lack of rain has reduced yield at corn, bean and sorghum plantations.

The most affected seed is corn, with $21.5 million losses, reported the Agriculture Ministry (Mag).

"The ministry's report summarizes other preliminary studies presented in the past weeks. From an economic loss perspective, bean is second after corn, with losses over $3 million.

Losses of $4.7 Million in Guatemalan Crops

August 2009

Corn, bean and potatoes were the most affected by droughts, floods and frost.

This was reported by Agriculture Minister Mario Aldana, who added that over 12.000 hectares have been damaged in 16 out of the 22 departments of Guatemala.

"According to the Geology, Meteorology and Hydrology Ministry, known as Insivumeh, climate change will negatively impact agricultural production in 2009", said newspaper La Prensa Gráfica.

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