- Title: High Argentine corn yields make up for weather-related losses
- Date: 3rd July 2017
- Summary: CASTELLI, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (RECENT) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF FARM WITH CORN READY FOR HARVEST VARIOUS OF HEAVY CORN HARVESTING MACHINERY, HARVESTING CORN VARIOUS OF GUSTAVO ENRIQUE COSENTINO, AGRONOMIST AND CORN PRODUCER, WALKING AROUND CORN FIELD AND EVALUATING ITS STATUS BEFORE BEING HARVESTED (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) GUSTAVO ENRIQUE COSENTINO, AGRONOMIST AND CORN PRODUCER, SAYING: "We had higher than expected precipitation levels and above all else, planting was difficult and the harvest was as well, and so yes, it was a problem in terms of the delay on the harvesting date, both in corn and in soy." VARIOUS OF HEAVY MACHINERY ENTERING ROWS OF CORN FOR HARVESTING VARIOUS OF GROUND CORN BEING FED INTO HOPPER VARIOUS OF GROUND CORN IN HOPPER VARIOUS OF REPORTER TALKING TO ANTHONY DEANE, HEAD OF CONSULTANCY WEATHER WISE ARGENTINA (SOUNDBITE) (English) ANTHONY DEANE, HEAD OF CONSULTANCY WEATHER WISE ARGENTINA, SAYING: "How's the corn harvest going? It's going slow because it's been raining too much. We've got at least 40 percent of the corn area in Argentina flooded." VARIOUS OF HEAVY MACHINERY ENTERING ROWS OF CORN FOR HARVESTING VARIOUS OF CORN BEING FED INTO HOPPER HOPPER MACHINERY MOVING AROUND CORN FIELD (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) GUSTAVO ENRIQUE COSENTINO, AGRONOMIST AND CORN PRODUCER, SAYING: "There are very good yields in the season. From yields between 12 or 13,000 kilos to yields of 7 or 8 (7,000 or 8,000 kilos per hectare), always depending on the date of sowing of the corn, the hybrid, and how the flowering period has fallen." MAN OPERATING MACHINERY HEAVY MACHINERY ENTERING ROWS OF CORN FOR HARVESTING MACHINERY AND CORN BEING FED INTO HOPPER HEAVY MACHINERY IN CORN FIELD
- Embargoed: 17th July 2017 22:26
- Keywords: Argentina weather corn losses crops farming farming situation in Argentina bounty
- Location: CASTELLI, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- City: CASTELLI, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Environment
- Reuters ID: LVA0016O5ZYV7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Floods have slowed corn harvesting in some parts of Argentina but the crop losses being reported in waterlogged fields have been made up for by higher-than expected yields countrywide, farmers and analysts said on Monday (July 3).
With 51 percent of the 2016/17 crop collected, the Buenos Aires Grains Exchange expects a record 39 million tonne crop with nationwide yields averaging 8.5 million tonnes per hectare.
In some parts of Buenos Aires yields have touched 13 tonnes per hectare, according to local farmer Gustavo Cosentino, who is growing 500 hectares of corn near the town of General Belgrano.
Argentina's usual May-June harvesting season is being pushed into late July by a combination of later planting and extremely wet weather that has made soils too soft to support multi-tonne harvesting combines.
Argentina, the world's third biggest corn exporter according to USDA data, usually enjoys a period of high world demand and limited supply before the U.S. harvest.
Later Argentine harvests might be the way of the future, considering that late-planted crops have higher yields and new crops genetically altered to keep late-season pests at bay.
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