Better grain harvest in India


Producers of grain in India are expecting record harvests as the best start to the raining season since 1994 spurs rice and corn planting.  The production of crops from corn to rice and barley may exceed the all-time high of 131.3 million tonnes in the 2011-2012 season and last year’s 128.2 million tonnes, Minister of State for Agriculture Tariq Anwar said. Soybean output may climb from all-time high of 14.7 million tonnes in 2012-2013 while corn harvests may increase from 22.2 million tonnes. Soybeans were planted across 11.7 million ha as of July 26, up 16% from a year earlier. Corn area increased 25% to 7.1 million ha.