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China’s Corn Harvest Was More Than Estimated Last Year: Center

July 10, 2012

China, the world’s second-biggest corn grower, harvested a record 192.8 million metric tons of last year, about 1 million tons more than a previous estimate, the China National Grain & Oils Information Center said.

The wheat crop was 117.4 million tons, half a million tons less than a previous estimate, the center said in an e-mailed report, citing a revision in line with figures by the National Bureau of Statistics. It raised soybean production by half a million tons to 14.5 million tons. The center left most of its forecasts for 2012 unchanged.

The following lists production and area numbers for six major crops. Units are in 1,000 hectares and 1,000 tons:

           2009        2010       2011        2012    Change
Area
Corn      31,183      32,500     33,542      34,300     2.3%
Wheat     24,291      24,256     24,270      24,356    0.35%
Rice      29,627      29,873     30,057      30,500     1.5%
Soybeans   9,190       8,516      7,889       7,150    -9.4%
Rapeseed   7,278       7,370      7,347       7,050    -4.1%
Peanuts    4,377       4,527      4,581       4,600     0.4%

Output
Corn     163,974     177,245     192,781     197,500    2.5%
Wheat    115,115     115,180     117,401     118,000    0.5%
Rice     195,103     195,761     201,001     205,000      2%
Soybeans  14,981      15,083      14,485      13,000  -10.3%
Rapeseed  13,657      13,082      13,426      12,200   -9.1%
Peanuts   14,708      15,644      16,046      16,200      1%

To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: William Bi in Beijing at wbi@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Poole at jpoole4@bloomberg.net


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