October 5, 2011


Good weather aids China's autumn harvest progress



China's autumn harvest is progressing well, with the country likely to output 2.2 trillion kg of grain this year, thanks to better-than-expected weather conditions, the agricultural department said.


The fall harvest has already been started in China and over 599 million mu (one mu = 1/6 acre) or 51.7% of land farmed has been harvested, an increase of 1.5 percentage points from the same time last year.


The reaping of corn, soy and mid-season rice are faster this year than last year.


Thanks to the sunny weather, the northeastern region of China has seen 52.8% of harvest done, 10.2 percentage points faster than the same period last year, while the southwest region has also harvested 70.3% of grains.


However, late fall rain has slowed harvesting in the Huang-Huai-Hai (Yellow River, Huai River and Hai River) region which is a major wheat and corn growing base.


Persisting rain has also delayed the work in mid-to-downstream Yangtze River, Hubei, Hunan and Jiangxi where only 39.9% of harvesting work has been completed, 1.8 percentage points lower than the same time last year.


The relatively good weather also smoothes fall-winter farming and as of today, 88.60 million mu of farmland has been sown, equivalent to 12.5% of planned sowing work.