Spain reduces 2012 corn crop forecast

Second-driest summer in 60 years hits fields

Spain’s corn crop is predicted to reach 4.24 million metric tons in 2012, up 2.3 percent from 2011’s 4.15 million metric tons but down from the Agriculture Ministry’s previous outlook of 4.29 million metric tons.

Spain had its second-driest summer in 60 years, according to the ministry’s weather service. The period from June through August was the fourth-warmest since 1961.