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Argentina 2012/2013 crop expected to reach a record 105 million tons says Cristina Fernandez

Thursday, July 18th 2013 - 08:45 UTC
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Maize has been the star crop of this season Maize has been the star crop of this season

Argentina’s 2012/2013 grain and oilseed crop reached a record 105 million tons, announced President Cristina Fernandez underlining the excellent performance of the maize harvest and yields.

During an official ceremony President Fernandez said that the data, some of which had been anticipated, had been provided to her by the Minister of Agriculture Norberto Yauhar.

However the record crop occurred in the midst of Argentina’s worst wheat harvest in 111 years with only 9 million tons that has seen the price of bread soar and the government implement a bill that allows it to confiscate the grain to ensure a normal supply and fine and jail the alleged hoarders.

The soy bean crop which has become the main provider of foreign currency for cash strapped Argentina had reached 48.1 million tons in mid June which is almost the original estimate of 48.5 million tons.

The average yield reached 2.560 kilos per hectare and according to Agriculture ministry data there was still 200.000 hectares to be harvested.

But the star crop this last season has been maize which so far has reached 21.4 million tons. The US Agriculture Department has estimated Argentina’s total crop at 26 million tons and the Weekly Farm Outlook from the Buenos Aires stock exchange is keeping to its estimate of 24.8 million tons. If this estimate is finally confirmed it would mean that the previous season’s 21.5 million tons has been surpassed.

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  • Dany Berger

    After we complete the destructing the economy and turn Argentina into a complete government controlled state, we will begin issuing black pajamas and flat tops for our peasants to work the fields. North Korea has it right and has given us here in South America some very good pointers in controlling the idiots we govern. Agrarian Mercosur .......the best thing for South America.

    Jul 18th, 2013 - 09:37 am 0
  • yankeeboy

    These impressively exaggerated numbers were quite a shock to the Farmers!

    Jul 18th, 2013 - 11:36 am 0
  • ChrisR

    Yes, I bet they have been driving around their fields wondering WTF the rest is.

    You don't think, do you, that these inflated figures are the precursor to TMBOA confiscating the farms that don't give the 'required' yields? No, surely not!

    Jul 18th, 2013 - 01:34 pm 0
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