Guatemala: 57% Increase in Corn Crop

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

Monday, July 25, 2011

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.

"The 10% increase in rain this year is expected to improve grain plantations. "We are very happy with the prices and the increase in production. There will be a better distribution of rainfall this year, so we expect a record production", said the representative from the cooperative.

This increase is being observed throughout the country in the areas to the north, south and east, where it corn is produced. "Guatemala had a frightening shortage last year and some people are taking advantage of that. We must take into account that prices have also risen, last year the on the farm price was Q100 ($ 12.89) per quintal and now it is Q149 ($ 19.20) '”, said Gonzalez in an article in SigloXXI.com.gt.



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May 2012

Of 80 quintals per acre that the farmers expected, only 10 to 17 quintals were obtained.

The very low yield of 60% to 80% less than the last crop of corn that ended in March was caused by a fungus called ‘mancha de asfalto‘ (tar spot), experts say.

"The crops in those months had the highest amount of tar spot, because, for it to spread, you need cold nights and warm days," said Claudia Calderon, representing the Sicta American Network Project of the Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), according to Prensalibre.com.

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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.

Guatemalan Corn Crop Lower than Expected

May 2009

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

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May 2009

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, more than 30 million quintals of basic grains are expected this year.

The country has invested $30 million on an improved seed and fertilizer program thus far, looking for increased productivity.

Carlos A. Torres reported statements by Agriculture Minister Mario Salaverría in his article in elsalvador.com: "We expect a harvest of 22 million quintals of corn (the country consumes 17 million) and 2.8 million quintals of beans, of which the country will consume 2.5 million quintals and export 200 thousand quintals."

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