China aims to boost yields of a “super corn” through research on inbred corn lines, according to the research team. The “super corn,” coded “Denghai 618,” was cultivated by Li Denghai, a well-known corn breeder in east China’s Shandong Province. Its yield hit a record high of 1,335.8 kg per mu (15 mu is equal to one hectare) [~20 MTs per ha] in a 10 mu experimental field and 1,151.6 kg per mu [~17.2 MTs per ha] in a 100 mu experimental field this year…Full Article: China Daily Dec 2014

Key Point

  • On 11 December 2014, the Deputy Head of the Shandong Provincial Science and Technology Bureau announced that the goal of the research is to raise the yield of corn to 1,350 kg per mu by 2020 (~20.2 MTs per ha) and 1,400 kg per mu (~21 MTs per ha) by 2025.

ChinaAg Comments

  • From 2012 to 2013, China’s average corn yield (country wide) increased from 5.87 MTs per ha to 6.17 MTs per ha.
  • Chinese corn production is primarily located in the northern parts of the country. However, every region of China grows some amount corn, including the high plateaus of Tibet and around bustling city of Beijing. In 2011, Heilongjiang province produced 26.7 million MTs of corn or 14% of Chinese output.  Jilin province produced 23.3 million MTs of corn (12% of Chinese output), while Shandong province produced 19.7 million MTs (10% of output).

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