China’s 2011/12 sorghum production is increased 0.75 million tons this month to 2.6 million. The Ministry of Agriculture reported higher sorghum yields, more than offsetting a slight reduction in area and boosting production for both 2011/12 and 2010/11 (up 0.7 million tons to 2.5 million).
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Argentina’s projected coarse grain production for 2011/12 is cut 0.7 million tons to 29.9 million. Corn production prospects are down 0.5 million tons to 21.5 million, as harvest reports indicate greater-than-expected yield losses caused by dryness and excessive heat in December and January. Sorghum production is also reduced, down 0.2 million tons to 4.0 million because, though resistant to drought and heat, sorghum is not immune. Sorghum area is also reduced slightly this month.
Indonesia’s 2011/12 corn production is forecast 0.6 million tons higher this month at 8.7 million. The dry season in Indonesia for 2011/12 did have normal conditions despite the La Nina Pacific Ocean temperatures, helping corn yield prospects rebound to record levels, much improved over the previous 2 years when excessive rainfall depressed corn yields. Corn area is estimated slightly lower this month.
Venezuela’s 2011/12 coarse grain production is projected down 0.51 million tons to 1.49 million, with corn reduced 0.4 million to 1.4 million and with a smaller decline for sorghum. Government policies and unfavorable weather have combined to reduce area and yield for both crops.
South Africa’s 2011/12 corn production is cut 0.5 million tons this month to 11.5 million as warm temperatures and spotty rains during February and March trimmed yield prospects.
Cambodia’s 2011/12 corn production projection is revised up 0.4 million tons to a record 1.5 million as area is reported higher for both 2010/11 and 2011/12. Both corn area and yield are forecast at record levels in 2011/12.
Based on reports from USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service, corn area for Laos is estimated lower for 2009/10, 2010/11, and the forecast area for 2011/12 is scaled back as well, leaving production down 0.25 million tons to 1.25 million for the current year. The 2011/12 yield is projected slightly higher, and while production is lower than projected last month, it is still record large.
Thailand’s and Colombia’s corn production are each reported up 0.15 million tons this month (to 4.3 million and 1.70 million, respectively) as record yields are reported.
Iraq’s 2011/12 corn production is increased 0.125 million tons to 0.250, mostly based on increased area planted. Smaller changes in coarse grain production this month include increased rye production in Turkey, reduced barley production (but a very small increase for corn) in Iran, increased millet output in Burma, increased corn in Saudi Arabia, reduced barley in Jordan and Japan, and small reductions for corn in Malaysia and the Philippines.