Global crop production this year will see slight increases in key crops with a more notable rise for wheat, Xinhua news agency quoted Chinese researchers as saying in a report. Prepared by a team led by Wu Bingfang of the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the CropWatch Bulletin released on Wednesday describes the 2013 cropping season globally as average, with increases ranging from 0.3 to 1.6 percent in the output of rice, maize and soybean over the last year. Wheat will do “generally better” with 705 million tons, up 4.1 percent year-on-year. China’s maize output will rise by 2.3 percent to 205 million tons, or 22 percent of world production, but its soybean production will drop by 3.5 percent to 13 million tons, the report said.
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