A team led by Yuan Longping, known in China as “the father of hybrid rice” has made a record for hybrid rice production with an average yield of 1,004.5 kilograms per mu (0.0667 hectares). The new record was confirmed by experts from the Hunan Hybrid Rice Research Center and the agricultural bureau of the Xiangxi Prefecture, who actually harvested three lots of a farm of 105.8 mu growing the new hybrid rice known as “Y liangyou 900” on Friday and Saturday [3-4 October 2014]…Full Article: Xinhua Oct 2014

Key Point

  • According to China’s Ministry of Agriculture, the country’s hybrid rice varieties had a yield of 10.5 MTs per ha in 2000, 12 MTs per ha in 2008, 13.5 MTs per ha in 2011, and 14.45 MTs per ha in 2012. In 2013, the Ministry set 15 MTs per ha as the target rice hybrid yield.

ChinaAg Comment

  • In 2011, the average rice yield in China was 6.7 metric tons per ha.

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