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Brazil's winter corn production to drop

Agriculture.com Staff 06/09/2009 @ 9:41am

RPC, is a Brazilian publishing company. Gomes is a contributing editor for Agriculture Online. ________________________________________________________

CURITIBA, Brazil (RPC)-New crop, old problem. Just a few months after a severe drought cut 30%of Parana's summer corn production, a new drought hit the southern Brazilian state, harming the winter corn crop as well.

According to recent estimates, the state winter corn production, known as safrinha, is expected to drop to 4.9 million metric tons, down 14% from last year and 23% less than initially estimated. The projection does not take into account potential damages caused by an early season frost, last week.

According to recent estimates, the state winter corn production, known as safrinha, is expected to drop to 4.9 million metric tons, down 14% from last year and 23% less than initially estimated. The projection does not take into account potential damages caused by an early season frost,last week.

Producers have just started the harvest, and, chances are, the prospects to Parana's production will continue to decline as fieldwork progresses and damages become more and more clear. State government will release a new production estimate at the end of the month.

Bad weather has also delayed the harvest progress in Parana. As of June 1st (last data available), 2.2% of winter corn crop has been harvest. By now, about 7% of the state's crop should be off the fields. Parana planted 1.5 million hectares (about 625 thousand acres) this year, 5% less than last winter.

Considering 1st (summer) and 2nd (winter) crop, 4 million metric tons have been lost in Parana this season due to drought. The losses will trim the Brazilian production in 2008/09, but despite of it, the drop in national corn crop will not be as bad. According to Brazilian crop-forecasting agency, known as Conab, Brazilian corn production will total 49.9 million metric tons this season, down 15% from 58.7 last year.

Winter national corn production (summer +winter crop) will reach 16.7 million metric tons, 11% below last year. Parana is usually the largest winter corn producer in the country. But this year. Severe weather in the South will allow Mato Grosso to take the lead. The winter corn harvest in the Brazilian mid-west state is expected to reach up to 6.3 million metric tons in 2008/09, 10% more than Parana.

Writer Luana Gomes can be reached at www.rpc.com.br / www.gazetadopovo.com.br

RPC, is a Brazilian publishing company. Gomes is a contributing editor for Agriculture Online. ________________________________________________________

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