China Corn Output Rises 8.2% to Record, Grain Center Says

China’s corn output, the world’s second-biggest, rose 8.2 percent to a record 191.8 million metric tons this year, the China National Grain & Oils Information Center said in an e-mailed report today.

The output compared with 184.5 million tons the center projected last month. The adjustment was made in line with the preliminary output release by the National Bureau of Statistics on Dec. 2, the center said in a separate report.

The following lists production and area numbers for six major crops. Units are in 1,000 hectares and 1,000 tons:

*T 2008 2009 2010 2011 Change Area Corn 29,864 31,183 32,500 33,430 2.9% Wheat 23,617 24,291 24,256 24,190 -0.3% Rice 29,241 29,627 29,873 30,000 0.4% Soybean 9,127 9,190 8,516 7,650 -10.2% Rapeseed 6,594 7,278 7,370 7,100 -3.7% Peanuts 4,246 4,377 4,527 4,700 3.8%

Output
Corn     165,917     163,974    177,245     191,750     8.2%
Wheat    112,456     115,115    115,180     117,920     2.4%
Rice     191,897     195,103    195,761     200,780     2.6%
Soybean   15,545      14,981     15,083      13,500   -10.5%
Rapeseed  12,102      13,657     13,082      12,500    -4.5%
Peanuts   14,286      14,708     15,644      16,200     3.6%

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