Corn production registers slight drop in Mexico
In May, the production of corn grain for the autumn-winter 2019 cycle was 3.2 million tons, which represented 0.1% less compared to the same cycle of 2018.
According to data from the Agrifood and Fisheries Information Service (SIAP), the entities that stand out in the production of corn are Sinaloa, Veracruz, Sonora, Oaxaca and Chiapas, which together obtained 87.3% of the total national production.
For the aforementioned agricultural cycle, the planted area of the grain was 1.2 million hectares, of which 593,922 hectares have been harvested, that is, 47 percent.
The agency states that by May 2019, in the northwest region of the country, Sinaloa is the one that contributes most to national production, with almost 65 percent of total crops, which means an increase of 0.8 percent over the same period from the previous year.
Corn is a representative crop of Mexico for its economic, social and cultural importance. Its production is divided into white and yellow, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (Sader).
The white corn is destined mainly for human consumption, while the production of yellow corn is dedicated to the industry or manufacture of balanced feed for livestock production.
This grain is one of the most important cereals in the world, because it supplies nutritious elements to human beings and animals, and is a basic raw material of the industry.