The high temperatures continued on Saturday in many parts of China. Weeks of drought have already brought water shortages and caused major damage to agriculture in some of the country’s major farming provinces. The central province of Henan and northwestern province of Shaanxi have been the worst-hit, with Henan experiencing its worst drought and lowest rainfall in 63 years. Over 240,000 people in Henan are suffering water shortages, and over a million hectares of crops are said to be dying…Full Article Xinhua Aug 2014

Key Points

  • Henan province (largest by population and a major agriculture producer) has carried out cloud-seeding operations (i.e. weather modification to induce rain by dispersing substances into the air) in order to minimize the effects of the drought
  • Sichuan province, Guangxi region, and Fujian province are also suffering from drought.

ChinaAg Comment

  • Wheat production in China is mostly situated in the central and eastern parts of the country. In 2011, Henan province produced 31.2 million MTs of wheat or 27% of Chinese output. Shandong province produced 21 million MTs (18% of Chinese output), while Hebei province produced 12.7 million MTs (11% of Chinese output).

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