Summer crop yield set to decline
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.