Rice and Corn Situation and Outlook, July 2017

Palay and corn outputs for January to June 2017 were higher than their 2016 levels by 12.06 percent and 30.70 percent, respectively. The growth was mostly attributed to the increase in harvest area resulting from adequate water in palay areas and sufficient soil moisture content in corn areas. In addition, there were more plantings due to DA and LGUs interventions on seed and fertilizer support during the cropping period. 
Probable production of both palay and corn crops for July - December 2017 may rise to 6.76 percent and 6.11 percent, respectively. 
Palay and corn outputs for calendar year 2017 may accelerate to 9.06 percent and 11.08 percent, respectively, compared with 2016 levels. 



The April - June 2017 palay production at 4.15 million MT grew by 11.72 percent from the 2016 output of 3.73 million MT. Harvest area stretched to 947 thousand hectares from previous year’s record of 848 thousand hectares. However, yield per hectare stabilized at 4.38 MT from the previous year’s level (Table 1.1).
  • Boosts in production registered across regions except Central Luzon, CALABARZON and Eastern Visayas. 
  • Increments in output were noted in Cagayan Valley (2.57 percent), MIMAROPA   (1.14 percent), Western Visayas (1.00 percent), Northern Mindanao (0.99 percent), SOCCSKSARGEN (2.81 percent) and ARMM (1.04 percent).
  • Increase in harvest area was attributed to adequate water and availability of high yielding varieties (HYV) seeds and fertilizer support from DA and LGUs during the cropping period.