Major grain-supplying provinces in China have entered harvest season. In Heilongjiang, part of the northeastern region known as “China’s granary” for its highly productive black soil, farmers have begun harvesting crops from 2.9 million hectares of fields. Local authorities said they began encouraging farmers to prepare for the autumn harvest last week…Full Article: Xinhua Sept 2017

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  • Henan Province has already harvested 466,667 hectares, out of 5.7 million ha, of its grain crops.

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  • In June 2017, farmers in Shandong Province began harvesting their winter wheat crop.
  • In 2015, China produced 621 million MTs of grains, of which rice, wheat, and corn accounted for 92% of output (~572 million MTs). Grain crops were harvested on 113.3 million ha, with some new acreage appearing at the expense of cotton crops.
  • In 2014, Henan Province (largest producer) produced 33.29 million MTs of winter wheat (Triticum aestivum). The second largest producer, Shandong Province, produced 22.63 million MTs of winter wheat. Other major production areas included the provinces of Hebei (14.27 million MTs), Anhui (13.93 million MTs), and Jiangsu (11.6 million MTs).
  • 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 2011, Heilongjiang surpassed Henan in central China as the country’s top grain producer.

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