Corn production for September likely to go up
The outlook for corn is more optimistic than rice, with Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) projecting corn production to slightly go up to 2.634 million metric tons (MT) for July to September period.
In a latest data, which was approved by Deputy National Statistician Romeo Recide, PSA specified that corn production for July to September 2017 may rise to 2.634 million MT, 0.2 percent higher than the earlier forecast of 2.630 million MT.
However, this will be 1.1 percent lower than previous year’s level of 2.662 million MT.
Harvest area may also fall to 891.72 thousand hectares from 891.78 thousand hectares. Overall, yield may remain the same at 2.95 MT per hectare.
“Maguindanao shared a substantial increase in the expected corn output resulting from use of high yielding varieties, less occurrence of disease and pests’ infestation, and sufficient rainfall during flowering stage of the crop,” PSA said.
About 174.55 thousand hectares of the updated standing crop have been harvested during the period, while around 201.98 thousand hectares or 33.9 percent of the planting intentions for the October to December 2017 have been realized.
Of the updated 919.13 thousand hectares of standing corn crop, about 26.8 percent were at vegetative stage; 39.1 percent, at reproductive stage and 34.1 percent, at maturing stage.