Wheat production to fall as acreage declines
China’s wheat production will decrease this year for the first time in 12 years, the result of a reduction in acreage and unfavorable weather conditions caused by El Nino, a government report said.
Wheat acreage is expected to reach 24.12 million hectares this year, down 20,000 hectares (1.9 million acres) year-on-year, with wheat production expected to reach 130.1 million metric tons, down about 100,000 metric tons from last year, according to the report, China Agricultural Outlook 2016-25.
The report said meteorological factors as a result of the strongest El Nino in history will negatively affect the country’s grain production, including wheat. El Nino is a climate phenomenon that arises in the Pacific Ocean and changes weather worldwide.