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Delayed Rainfall Weakens Indonesia Corn Plantings

27 November 2012
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service

INDONESIA - Indonesian corn farmers have been witnessing a delayed onset of the MY 2012/13 rainy season. Due to this, fewer farmers have planted corn as of October 2012.

However, corn farmers in upland areas are seeing adequate rainfall and have planted corn, according to the USDA's Indonesia Grain and Feed Update for November 2012.

The farmers report that the growing conditions for corn are good with favourable and no significant incidents of pest and disease. It has been estimated that the country's corn production will be slightly higher compared to the previous year.

Currently, corn prices at farmer level are rising, and range from Rp. 2,800/kg to Rp. 3,200/kg. The price of hybrid corn seed is also increasing, with rates ranging from Rp. 55,000/kg to Rp. 70,000/kg, compared to last year, where the prices ranged from Rp. 40,000/kg to Rp. 60,000/kg.

Corn ending stocks are expected to decline to 522,000 metric tons compared to the previous years stock of 697,000 metric tons. It has been forecast that that ending stocks will further decline to 302,000 metric tons as a result of higher consumption for feed.

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