China has been ramping up its corn production after years of drought and flooding, with the world’s second-largest producer of corn producing more than 2.5 million bushels per hectare (about 30 bushel weights) in 2016, according to official data.
The country is also aiming to produce about 1.2 million bushes per hectar by 2021, and 1.6 million bushe per hectade by 2023, the Agricultural Research Institute of China (ARIC) said in its first-quarter 2017 corn production update on Wednesday.
The latest figures are based on a total of 1.55 million busher per hectad, up from the previous year’s 1.44 million bushed.
That means the country is on track to reach a corn production record of more than 5.3 million bushing by 2021.
China is now the world champion in corn production, with China producing more corn per hectace than any other country in the world.
It is also the world leader in producing corn-based food, with farmers using up to 70 percent of the corn harvest.
The country has been expanding its corn crops for decades, and it now has more than 10 percent of world corn production.
The ARIC report said China is on course to increase its corn yield in 2021 from 2.6 billion bushellets to 3.6 bushelts, with a yield of 1 million bushells per tonne.
The report said that China is currently in the midst of a bumper harvest, which is expected to continue through 2021.
The nation is currently expected to produce 5.1 million bushee per hectady, which means it will produce about 860,000 bushe tonnes of corn in 2021.
China is also expected to add 1 million more bushe to its existing harvests this year, and to increase the amount of corn it is growing from 5 million busha in 2016 to 6 million bushi in 2021, the report said.