China Corn Output May Rise to Record, Grain Researcher Says

China’s corn output, the world’s second-biggest, may rise 3 percent to a record 197.5 million metric tons this year, China National Grain & Oils Information Center said in an e-mailed report today.

The projection is the first by the state-owned researcher this year. Wheat production may gain 2 percent to 120.3 million tons, the center projected.

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

*T 2009 2010 2011 2012 Change Area Corn 31,183 32,500 33,430 34,300 2.6% Wheat 24,291 24,256 24,190 24,270 0.33% Rice 29,627 29,873 30,000 30,500 1.7% Soybean 9,190 8,516 7,650 7,150 -6.5% Rapeseed 7,278 7,370 7,200 7,050 -2.1% Peanuts 4,377 4,527 4,650 4,600 -1.1%

Output
Corn     163,974      177,245     191,750     197,500     3%
Wheat    115,115      115,180     117,920     120,300     2%
Rice     195,103      195,761     200,780     205,000   2.1%
Soybean   14,981       15,083      14,000      13,000  -7.1%
Rapeseed  13,657       13,082      13,000      12,800  -1.5%
Peanuts   14,708       15,644      16,000      15,800  -1.3%

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