January 11, 2019 / 6:56 AM / 6 months ago

UPDATE 1-China raises 2018/19 corn output estimate by 20 pct

 (Adding details, background and table)
    BEIJING, Jan 11 (Reuters) - China will produce 257.33
million tonnes of corn in the 2018/19 crop year, the agriculture
ministry said on Friday, up 20 percent from last month's
forecast of 215.04 million tonnes.
    The higher outlook was based on China's most recent
agriculture census, the ministry said in its monthly China
Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report.
    China, the world's second largest producer of corn, sharply
revised higher its corn output data for the past 10 years last
November following its third national agricultural
census. 
    The ministry on Friday also raised its forecast for corn
consumption in the year that began in October to 285.28 million
tonnes, up by 34.48 million tonnes from its previous estimate. 
    Corn imports for the year were seen at 1.5 million tonnes,
down from the previous forecast of 2.5 million tonnes, the
report said.
    China's 2018/19 corn ending stocks deficit was seen at 26.5
million tonnes against the previous forecast of 33.31 million
tonnes. 
    Soybean production for 2018/19 was forecast at 16 million
tonnes, up from a previous forecast of 15.8 million tonnes.
    Soybean consumption for the year was seen at 102.8 million
tonnes, down 3 percent from 107 million tonnes in the previous
year, as a series of deadly African swine fever outbreaks and
lower protein levels in animal feed pushed down demand for
soymeal, the ministry said in the report.  
    China has confirmed about 100 cases of African swine fever
across 23 provinces since early August last year. The disease,
for which there is neither a cure nor a vaccine, is deadly to
pigs but does not harm people.
    The table below gives the latest estimates.
          
            2016/20  2017/2018  2018/2019  2018/2019  Percentage
              17     (estimate  (forecast  (forecast    change
                       d by       ed by      ed by    
                       Jan.)      Dec.)      Jan.)    
   Corn                                                    
  Planted    44.17     42.40      35.13      42.13       20%
  acreage                                             
   (mln                                               
 hectares)                                            
  Output    263.61    259.07     215.04     257.33      19.67%
   (mln                                               
  tonnes)                                             
  Imports    2.46      3.47       2.50       1.50      -40.00%
   (mln                                               
  tonnes)                                             
  Ending     7.18      -7.73     -33.31     -26.50      20.00%
  Stocks                                              
   (mln                                               
  tonnes)                                             
  Soybean                                                  
  Planted    7.59      8.25       8.45       8.40       -0.59%
  acreage                                             
   (mln                                               
 hectares)                                            
  Output     13.60     15.28      15.83      16.00      1.07%
   (mln                                               
  tonnes)                                             
  Imports    93.49     94.13      83.65      83.65      0.00%
   (mln                                               
  tonnes)                                             
  Ending     -1.15     2.22       -3.57      -3.40         
  Stocks                                              
   (mln                                               
  tonnes)                                             
  Cotton                                                   
  Planted    3.10      3.35       3.36       3.36       0.00%
  acreage                                             
   (mln                                               
 hectares)                                            
  Output     4.82      5.89       5.94       5.94       0.00%
   (mln                                               
  tonnes)                                             
  Imports    1.11      1.32       1.50       1.50       0.00%
   (mln                                               
  tonnes)                                             
  Ending     8.75      7.43       6.38       6.38          
  Stocks                                              
   (mln                                               
  tonnes)                                             
   Sugar                                                   
  Planted    1.40      1.38       1.48       1.48       -0.20%
  acreage                                             
   (mln                                               
 hectares)                                            
   Cane      1.23      1.20       1.24       1.24       0.24%
   Beet      0.17      0.18       0.23       0.23       0.00%
  Output     9.29      10.31      10.68      10.68      0.00%
   (mln                                               
  tonnes)                                             
   Cane      8.24      9.16       9.25       9.25       0.00%
   sugar                                              
   Beet      1.05      1.15       1.43       1.43       0.00%
   sugar                                              
  Imports    2.29      2.43       2.90       2.90       0.00%
   (mln                                               
  tonnes)                                             
  Ending     -3.44     -2.54      -1.77      -1.77         
  Stocks                                              
   (mln                                               
  tonnes)                                             
 

 (Reporting by Hallie Gu and Tom Daly; Editing by Joseph Radford
and Richard Pullin)
  
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