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China 2017 winter wheat output rises 0.9 pct from a year ago on better weather

China’s 2017 winter wheat output rose 0.9 percent to 127.35 million tonnes, the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) said on Thursday, after good weather conditions boosted yields.

The winter wheat crop, planted in autumn and harvested in May and June, accounts for over 90 percent of the country’s total wheat crop. China is the world’s biggest wheat producer.

The quality of the wheat has also improved, the NBS said in a statement on its website, thanks to ample sunlight and heat
during the maturing phase and harvest.

The larger crop came even as the planted acreage fell by 1 percent after the government restricted production in water-scarce areas.

China’s larger crop is occurring as global wheat prices rally on concerns that dry, hot weather will reduce the size of the harvest in the United States, the world’s top wheat exporter.

The total volume of crops harvested in May and June, including barley, corn, potatoes and beans, was 140.52 million tonnes, also up 0.9 percent from a year ago, the data showed.
Source: Reuters (Reporting by Hallie Gu and Dominique Patton; Editing by Sunil Nair and Christian Schmollinger)

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