Corn production in Brazil should retreat 18% this yearData da publicação: 12/09/2018 Por: DATAGRO Notícias
The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE) has released its projections for the corn crop in 2018. The figures indicate a 18.6%, in the harvest, totaling a production of 81.0 million tons. According to IBGE, the reduction is due to the 8% decrease in the area harvested, in addition to the decline of 11.6% in the average yield of the crops.
In relation to first crop maize, production reached 26.0 million tons. In August, there was a 0.4% fall in this estimate, mainly due to the decline in production in Maranhão (5.9% or 63,825 tonnes) and Piauí (3.9% or 59,041 tonnes). In relation to the previous year, 1st crop maize production was lower by 16.5%. The planted area and area to be harvested declined 9.6% and 9.2%, respectively.
This fall can be explained by lower prices paid to producers in the at the time of planting, influenced the producers to expand the areas of soybean planting to the detriment of summer corn.
The IBGE also points out that in many states there has been delay in planting corn 2nd crop, due to the delay in the harvest of summer crops and the occurrence of rains, which made it difficult to traffic machines. Production is estimated at 55.1 million tonnes, grown on 11.4 million hectares. The monthly variation shows a decrease of 3.2% in the production estimate, in relation to the previous month, with the average yield falling 2.3%. In relation to the previous year, the production of maize 2nd harvest is 19.6% lower.