MEXICO CITY, MEXICO — Mexico’s 2019-20 corn imports are expected to decrease due to higher than previously estimated domestic production, according to a Global Agricultural Information Network report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Favorable weather made for a good harvest totaling Mexico’s 2019-20 market year corn production to 26.1 million tonnes. Corn imports are expected to fall to 16.5 million tonnnes due to a strong harvest. Mexico’s 2019-20 ending stocks are boosted by domestic production, which the USDA forecasts to hit 2.31 million tonnes.

The country’s sorghum production also is expected to increase for the 2019-20 market year to 4.35 million tonnes. The USDA cautioned of possible dry weather decreasing the estimate as only 22% of the fall/winter crop is irrigated in the Tamaulipas region.

Sorghum imports are projected to rise due to, “relatively affordable process, the bullish demand of the livestock sector and the need to rebuild stocks.” The USDA anticipates Mexico to produce about 900,000 tonnes of sorghum for the 2019-20 market year.