China produced slightly less rice in the first harvest period of the year compared to 2014 due to a shrinking planting area, but the yield per hectare increased, official data showed on Friday [21 August 2015]. The country produced 33.69 million tons of “early rice,” that planted in spring and harvested in early summer. This was a decrease of 320,000 tons, or 0.9 percent from a year earlier, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said…Full Article: China Daily Aug 2015

Key Points

  • In 2015, China cultivated early rice on 5.72 million ha (1.4% decline from 2014), with production primarily taking place in Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Guangdong, and Guangxi.
  • Grain crops harvested in the fall (i.e. middle to late season), which include corn and rice, comprise the bulk of China’s grain output.

ChinaAg Comment

  • Chinese early-season rice is planted in early spring and harvested in during the mid-summer months (e.g. July). Early rice, Indica variety, is generally destined for state grain reserves as opposed to the open market.

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