The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) forecasts India's corn (maize) production at 27.8 million tonnes in 2018/19, up nearly 7 percent from last month but down 3 percent from last year.
Area is forecast at 9.2 million hectares, unchanged from the previous forecast and down slightly from last year. Yield is forecast at 3.02 metric tonnes per hectare, up nearly 7 percent from last month but down 3 percent from last year. India corn is grown throughout the country and in both seasons.
The kharif season, which accounts for roughly 70 percent of total production, is the largest while the rabi season accounts for the remainder. In the primary corn areas, rain was more than sufficient. The yield increase is due to beneficial growing conditions during the kharif season, according to the government of India.
Additionally, USDA’s Agricultural Affairs office reported minimal damage from the fall army worm for the kharif crop.