USDA sees 2.2% drop in corn harvest
Corn production is expected to decline by 2.2 percent or to 7.5 million tons from July 2015 to June this year due to the drought dry spells that have parched Mindanao, the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service said in a March 28 report.
The Philippine Star reported that corn yield is also expected to drop 3.7 percent to 2.88 tons per hectare.
Mindanao is second to Luzon as the largest agricultural region, producing 25 percent of rice and half of the country’s corn supply.
The USDA said rainfall over the island was insufficient from November 2015 through February 2016, which coincide with the sowing of the crops in August through November and harvesting from December through March.
The Philippine Statistics Authority projects that corn production will drop to 2.11 million metric tons in the first quarter.