Corn production seen to decline in Q2
Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the country’s corn production for April to June may only stood at 1.27 million metric tons (MT), which is a drop of 0.7 percent from the estimates in April 2018 of 1.28 million MT and 4.4 percent lesser than last year’s level of 1.33 million MT.
Yield may also decrease to 3.25 MT per hectare from 3.27 MT per hectare.
“Probable decrements in corn output are largely noted in Kalinga and South Cotabato. Insufficient soil moisture during vegetative and reproductive stages of crop in Kalinga may pull down the production. In South Cotabato, yield may decrease due to the effects of intense hot weather,” PSA said.
Nevertheless, harvest area may stretch to 391.29 thousand hectares from 391.26 thousand hectares in 2017.
During the period, about 319.0 thousand hectares or 81.5 percent of the standing crop have been harvested.
Of the updated 602.74 thousand 10.5% hectares standing corn crop, about 62.6 percent were at vegetative stage, 26.9 percent at reproductive stage and 10.5 percent at maturing stage.
About 530.49 thousand hectares or 62.3 percent of the planting intentions of the farmers for the July to September Reproductive 2018 have also been realized.