Source: U.S. Grains Council

The U.S. Grains Council projects lower corn yields in China for 2009 compared to 2008, with total production resulting in 148.79 million metric tons (5.86 billion bushels).

Cary Sifferath, USGC senior director in China; Sam Niu; assistant director in China; Erick Erickson, USGC special assistant for planning, evaluation and projects; and Guy Davenport, North Carolina corn grower, toured cornfields in the Northeastern provinces of Heilongjiang, Liaoning, Inner Mongolia and Jilin, China, to assess the corn crop and formulate an estimate of this year's harvest.

The Council's China Corn Tour is conducted every year in the absence of reliable corn crop estimates from Chinese government authorities. The tour consisted of five groups evaluating nearly 300 cornfields, which includes fields in the Northern China Plain of Anhui, Henan, Hebei and Shandong provinces.

Original press release