Favorable weather conditions and an increase in cultivated land will see large grain harvests this summer, the Ministry of Agriculture (MOC) said Monday [1 June 2015]. Sweeping rainfall across most parts of China in April, an important period in the wheat growth cycle, and summer-crop farmland increasing by 1 million mu (66,667 hectares) to 415 million mu had been good for crops, the MOC said…Full Article: China Daily June 2015

Key Points

  • In 2014, China harvested 136.6 million MTs of summer crops (~25% from Henan province).
  • Summer wheat and early-season rice harvests start in late-May and end in early-July.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2014 (summer), Henan province (China’s largest by population and a major agriculture producer) 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 a drought.
  • 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.

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