Sum­mer crop yield set to de­cline

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

China’s sum­mer crop yield is set to drop for the first time in six years as a re­sult of a re­duc­tion in acreage, un­fa­vor­able weather con­di­tions and ad­just­ments in the crop struc­ture, ac­cord­ing to an­a­lysts.

The coun­try’s to­tal crop har­vest this sum­mer is es­ti­mated at 121.8 mil­lion met­ric tons, ac­cord­ing to a re­port by the CropWatch re­search team, the coun­try’s lead­ing crop mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem. China’s sum­mer crops are mainly wheat, corn, bar­ley, broad beans and peas.

The drop in yield is mainly the re­sult of a 1.8 per­cent de­crease in sum­mer crop acreage in 2015, with a large num­ber of rape­seed farm­ers opt­ing to ro­tate their crop or switch to wheat as a re­sult of slug­gish do­mes­tic prices.

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