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China Wheat Area Seen Getting Dry Winter, Needing Rain in Spring

Wheat-growing areas on the North China Plain may be drier than normal this winter, with crops dependent on rainfall in the spring, AccuWeather Inc. said.

Temperatures in central and eastern China may be mild during December, January and February, with some brief cold snaps occurring in northeastern areas, according to a seasonal outlook report for Asia from the State College, Pennsylvania-based forecaster. The main Chinese wheat-growing areas probably won’t see temperatures cold enough to damage crops that are dormant during winter months, said Dale Mohler, a senior meteorologist at AccuWeather.