SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL — Brazil’s second corn crop in the Center South region is expected to drop from earlier expectations due to a prolonged drought, Reuters reported, citing the Brazilian agribusiness consultancy AgRural.

Production is now estimated at 65.1 million tonnes, down from 73 million tonnes estimated on April 19. Average yields are now estimated at 84.1 60-kilo bags per hectare, the lowest in three year.

Nationwide, AgRural said second corn crop production is estimated at 69.6 million tonnes, compared with 75.1 million tonnes in 2020.

Brazil's total production of corn in the 2020-21 crop cycle will be an estimated 95.5 million tonnes, compared with 102.6 million tonnes last season, AgRural said.