China’s largest grain producer, Heilongjiang Province, is facing dual drought and flood challenges during this year’s spring harvest, according to experts. Ten counties and cities in the province’s west are suffering a lack of rain, while 29 others in the east and north are threatened by flood, meteorology experts said at a consultation meeting on flood control and drought relief held by the provincial government on Monday [16 March 2015]…Full Article: The Global Times Mar 2015

Key Point

  • Western Heilongjiang Province may suffer its worse spring drought in five years in 2015, while its southern and eastern regions are (as of March 2015) relatively wet (e.g. flooding).

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2013, Heilongjiang accounted for 11% of China’s rice production (by volume), less than 1% of its wheat output, 15% of its corn output, 25% of its beans output, and 3% of its tubers output. Overall, the province accounted for 10% (or ~60 million MTs) of China’s grain output in 2013.
  • In 2012, Heilongjiang produced 28.8 million MTs of corn in 2012, or approximately 14% of China’s total output for that year (~205 million MTs).
  • In 2011, Heilongjiang surpassed Henan in central China as the country’s top grain producer.

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