China's 2000/01 corn output is estimated at 105.0 million tons, down 10.0 or 9 percent from last month and down 18 percent from last year due to lower area and yield. The yield of 4.38 MT/Ha reflects larger-than-expected crop losses in the Northeast and North China Plain.
Persistent hot and dry summer weather, especially in early July, affected corn in the critical pollination and grain-fill stage. Moderate rainfall in late-July and August improved crop conditions in some areas, but the weather remained drier than normal in Liaoning and parts of Jilin, Hebei and Shandong. Harvest weather has been favorably warm and dry in the Northeast, but unseasonably wet weather likely hurt crop quality and harvest progress in Henan and the southern part of the North China Plain.
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