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Bumper Year Forecast for China's Wheat Farmers

05 June 2014

CHINA - As combine harvesters started the wheat harvest this week in China's major breadbasket of Shandong Province, the Ministry of Agriculture forecast an output rise of summer grain and the 11th consecutive bumper harvest.

Wang Fahong, a wheat expert with the Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, said both per-unit wheat yield and total yield this year in Shandong would increase.

China produced 120 million tonnes of wheat last year, one fifth of the world's total.

The planting area of summer grain is estimated at 27.67 million ha this year, almost 70,000 ha more than in 2012.

This year, more than 14 million mechanical harvesters will be used for 92 per cent of the harvesting work.

Shen Hongyuan, senior analyst of the Zhengzhou Grain Wholesale Market, said that China's wheat harvest was important in keeping the world's wheat price stable.

The Chicago agricultural commodity futures traded lower on Friday in response to the forecast.

The price of wheat closed at $6.27 per bushel, down by 0.83 per cent from the previous day trading.

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