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China's corn outlook: It’s all about yield

China's corn outlook: It’s all about yield

Think Different China faces challenges China can no longer increase corn production by increasing acreage. Production gains will depend on boosting yields. Chinese demand will surpass corn output, but conflicting government policies will make it a bumpy ride. U.S. corn growers continue to hold a competitive advantage as U.S. yields improve faster than China’s yields.

Yield improvements will be the key to Chinese efforts to continue boosting corn production, according to Dr. Fred Gale, USDA Economic Research senior economist, but yield improvements will not be adequate to meet growing corn demand.

China’s corn output increased by 70% – much more than predicted – between 2002 and 2012, but most of this growth came from a 42% increase in planted acres. Corn production now commands more land than any other Chinese crop.

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