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Grain Demand - It's All About China - 23 October 2012

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Tuesday 23rd October 2012.

Sarah Mikesell - TheCropSite Senior Editor

Sarah Mikesell
Senior Editor

Editorial: Grain Demand - It's All About China

Greetings from St Louis, Missouri, USA! I'm attending the Doane's 2012 Agricultural Outlook Conference. There was a ton of great information shared today, so watch headline news over the next several weeks for more coverage from the conference.

"It's all about China" - that was the key message from Rich Pottorff, Doane chief economist. Without a doubt, demand from China is driving and supporting the global grain market.

Pottorff offered a global outlook, noting that from 2000-2006 there was a deficit of 191 million tonnes in world grain production versus use. From 2007 to 2009, that switched to a surplus of 171 million tonnes. However, over the last three years, we've switched again to a deficit of 71 million tonnes mostly due to weather issues around the world.

Yield is rising at 1.3 per cent per year, while world population is rising at 1.12 per cent per year, he said.

Many say we are out of cropland, he noted, but the world's major crop area has seen a sharp increase in the last 12 years.

  • Corn - UP 93.9 million hectares
  • Soybeans - UP 81.8 million hectares
  • Rice - UP 15.6 million hectares
  • Cotton - UP 5.2 million hectares
  • Wheat - UP 4.2 million hectares
  • Rapeseed - UP 23.7 million hectares
  • Sorghum - DOWN 6.2 million hectares
  • Total (13 major crops) - UP 190.5 million hectares

Where in the World Is Crop Area Increasing?

From 2000 to 2012, the following countries increased their crop acreage.

  • Brazil - 41.5 million acres
  • Argentina - 23 million acres
  • Ukraine - 19 million acres
  • China - 16.6 million acres
  • India - 10.6 million acres
  • Kazakstan - 10.4 million acres
  • Iran - 5.7 million acres
  • Tanzania - 5.4 million acres
  • Paraguay - 5.2 million acres

South America and Africa are expected to convert even more acreage into crop land. And the US is expected to gain more land out of CRP (Conservation Reserve Program) reductions.

Demand from China?

Demand for corn from China is rising at nearly 5 per cent per year while yields are rising at about 1.5 per cent per year. Corn area in China increased 4.8 million hectares over the last 5 years.

Pottorff questions whether China can add another almost 4 million hectares in the next five years. He said if the area holds steady, China will have a 30 million metric tonne deficit by 2017-2018.

In 2000, China's land use was diversified among its three corn core crops - rice, wheat and corn. While those three crops remain the major players, China has now shifted corn to the leader position in an effort to meet their growing demand for livestock feed.

To read more from coverage from day one of the Doane conference, click here.

Have a great week!

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