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Shcri.com: China's Spring Sowing has Come to an End, 2009

www.shcri.com - Currently, China's spring sowing has gradually come to an end from south to north. According to the study of Ministry of Agriculture of PRC, China's sowed crop reached 1.03 billion mu by May 19th, making up 82.7 percent of the planned amount, with the progress rate 1.7 percent higher than that of last year. Sowed grain amounted to 685 million mu, making up 80.2 percent of the planned amount, with the progress rate 3.3 percent higher than that of last year. Sowed cotton reached over 68 million mu, making up 92.1 percent of the planned amount, almost the same as last year. Sowed oil material amounted to 70.5 million mu, making up 82 percent of the planned amount, with the progress rate 3.5 percent lower than that of last year. Sowed sugar material reached over 22 million mu, finishing the planned amount.

 

Among grains, the sowing of spring wheat, corn and soybean and the planting of early season rice have finished and over 70 percent of mid-season rice has been raised. Up to now, 199 million mu of mid-season rice has been raised, making up 76.2 percent of the planned amount, with the progress rate 1.3 percent higher than that of last year; 79.2 million mu of mid-season rice has been planted, making up 43.8 percent of the planned amount, with the progress rate same as last year. The raising in northeast and southwest areas has almost come to an end and planting has gone into high tide.

 

Thanks to the sufficient supply and increased input, the quality of spring sowing in 2009 rises. At present, the growing of spring wheat and early season rice sees an uptrend. However, it is reported that due to little rain and high temperature since April 25th, droughts have become heavier in Heilongjiang. The area of crops which suffer slight drought has reached over 50 million mu and the area of paddy fields which are in shortage of water has amounted to more than 5 million mu. All these cause difficulties for rice planting and crop emergence.

 

It is forecast by CMA that in North China, northeast areas, etc, the average temperature will rise year on year by 1-2, with big fluctuations in the following ten days. In Yangtze-Huaihe areas, Jiang-Han areas, south of Yangtze, South China, etc, rainfall will increase year on year by 20 percent to 40 percent to 20mm to 60mm.

 

Source: China Research and Intelligence

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