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on April 12, 2012

Argentina early corn crop hit by December-January drought

Current plantings in better shape due to regular rains

Argentina's early-planted corn crop was hit by a December 2011–January 2012 drought that cut yields by 40 percent in the key agricultural province of Buenos Aires, according to the country's Agriculture Ministry.

As a result, average yields are expected to range from 3,000 to 6,000 kilos per hectare in the areas that are still economically viable to harvest. Late-seeded fields have benefitted from regular rains, and Argentina's government is predicting total corn output at 21 to 22 million metric tons.

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