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Heavy Rains Improve Nicaragua Maize Crop

07 July 2014

NICARAGUA - After uncertain planting prospects at the beginning of the sowing period, because of very low precipitation, particularly in the main producing department of Jinotega, above-average rains in the second dekad of June benefited field operations and early planted crops.

Preliminary estimates point to a small increase in sowings from last year’s year same season level.

Assuming favourable weather during the remainder of the season, as well as during the second and third cropping seasons (August-February) preliminary forecast point to an increase in maize output of 2 per cent from 2013 and similar to the five-year average.

However, concerns remain about the high probability of an “El Niño” event setting in late July and its impact on the 2014 aggregate maize production.

El Niño conditions imply below normal rainfall levels and higher temperatures which could affect yields of the main maize season and plantings of the second season.

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