Argentine maize area up 8%
The Argentine maize area is to rise by 7.5% this season compared with last year to 4.9 million ha, according to the Ministry of Agriculture’s October estimates. That should make it the second-largest crop in planting terms, replacing the wheat crop. Wheat planting is also expected to rise, gaining 5.1% to reach 4.6 million ha. The area for barley is estimated to jump by almost a third (32.4%) to reach a record 1 million ha, while that for sunflowers is likely to dip 0.6% to just over 1.7 million ha, the Ministry notes. No estimates have yet been published for country’s main crop, soybeans, or for peanuts and rice. The next estimates will be published on November 18th. The area for all the major cereal and oilseed crops rose by almost 7% last year to 30.7 million ha ( Agrow No 605, p 17).