Plunging prices and changing tastes mean Chinese grain farmers are having to think carefully about what they plant this year. “No more corn, that’s for sure. It doesn’t make money. And wheat is risky as it depends on purchases at set prices by local authorities,” said Wang Cuifen, who farms 200 hectares in Shandong Province.
China plans to cut its corn acreage by close to 670,000 hectares in 2016, an official with the Ministry of Agriculture said on Thursday [19 November 2015], as the country comes under mounting pressure to reduce its corn stocks. Pan Weibo, deputy director with the Department of Crop Production under the ministry, said the country
Chen Zhuo, a farmer from Yushu City, Jilin Province, had a good corn harvest, but he is worried about what to grow next year. “There are too many people growing corn these days, so prices are falling,” Chen said. “I don’t know whether I can turn a profit if I stick with corn next year.”
DuPont and Jilin Province New Tianlong Industry Co., Ltd., (NTL) announced a licensing agreement to begin the development of China’s largest cellulosic ethanol manufacturing plant, located in Siping City, Jilin Province, China. The agreement allows NTL to license DuPont’s cellulosic ethanol technology and use DuPont™ Accellerase® enzymes, to produce renewable biofuel from the leftover biomass
The perils of forecasting the Chinese agricultural market came to the fore earlier this month when the US Department of Agriculture slashed its predictions for Chinese corn imports. Last year, the USDA reckoned China was set to become the largest importer of grain. But mounting evidence of rising inventories and falling demand triggered a rethink
Corn imports by China, the world’s second-biggest consumer, jumped in December as shipments from Ukraine surged from the previous month. Total purchases more than doubled from November to 607,323metric tons, of which 393,924 tons were from the eastern European country, according to data released by the General Administration of Customs on Friday [23 January 2015].
China aims to boost yields of a “super corn” through research on inbred corn lines, according to the research team. The “super corn,” coded “Denghai 618,” was cultivated by Li Denghai, a well-known corn breeder in east China’s Shandong Province. Its yield hit a record high of 1,335.8 kg per mu (15 mu is equal
Cui Min, a 62-year-old farmer in the village of Lianhua, Yonghe, in Bin county [east of Harbin], Heilongjiang province, recently finished harvesting his corn in much the same way he has for the past 40 years. This year, however, after the harvest, he left the cut stalks standing in the fields instead of burning them.
Lying on the western bank of the Mississippi River, the New Orleans suburb of Westwego (pop. ~9,000) would seem to have little in common with Shenzhen, the thriving southern Chinese metropolis of 15 million people located some 8,500 miles away. In September 2014, their distant connection became front page news when the family-owned American agribusiness
South Africa, the continent’s biggest corn producer, is close to starting its first exports of the yellow variety of the grain to China, according to the biggest organization representing local farmers of the crop. Talks between the governments are in the final stages, Grain SA chief executive Jannie de Villiers said in a June 25