China corn production is forecast to decrease from last year


The USDA forecasts China’s 2017/18 corn production at 215 million tonnes, unchanged from last month but down 4.6 million or 2% from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 35 million ha, unchanged from last month but down 5% from last year. Planted area has shown a downward trend in recent years as farmers switched to alternative profitable crops such as soybeans, and rice, as well as returning land to pasture.

Yield is forecast at a record 6.14 tonnes per ha, unchanged from last month, and up 3% from last year. Despite unseasonably warm and localised dry weather from April through June, satellite data indicates favourable soil moisture conditions and with no significant crop stress.



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