China will expand its trials of crop rotation and fallow systems this year as part of efforts to facilitate the green development of agriculture. Arable land covered under crop rotation measures will increase to 10 million mu (around 666,666.67 hectares), mainly in northeastern and northern areas where corn, soybeans and oil crops are grown, according to a press conference of the Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday [28 February 2017]…Full Article: Mar 2017

Key Points

  • The fallow system will encompass 2 million mu [133,333 ha] of farmland in the provinces of Hebei and Hunan, as well as some western regions. Farmland affected by heavy metal pollution and desertification will be included in the system.
  • In June 2016, China issued crop rotation and fallow system guidelines relating to 6.16 million mu [410,666 ha] of land.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In April 2016, China’s Ministry of Agriculture released its National Adjustment Plan of Crop Framing Structure plan. As part of the plan, Heilongjiang, Jilin and Liaoning would rotate corn with soybeans, while pastoral areas would rotate medicago (forage/alfalfa) with corn. China’s Huang-Huai-Hai Plain area would rotate corn with soybean.
  • Launched in 2014, China’s “Second Granary” program is designed to boost crop (i.e. wheat, corn, and soybean) yields in China’s Huang-Huai-Hai Plain. One of the program’s research funds will allocate CNY 36 million (US$5.6 million) to boost productivity on 4.7 million ha of farmland in the provinces of Shandong, Henan, Anhui, and Jiangsu. The Huang-Huai-Hai Plain is a large alluvial flood plain named after the Northern Chinese rivers of Huang He (Yellow River) and Huai (flows through Henan, Anhui, and Jiangsu), and Hai (flows through Beijing, Tianjin).

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