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Corn drought turning China's hope for record crop into shrunken harvest

Biggest crop decline since 2000 is forecast

Farmers husking corn at a farm village in Gaocheng, Hebei province. Heilongjiang, the top growing region at 15 per cent of output last year, saw yields drop almost 12 per cent.


THE record corn crop China was counting on to sustain its huge pork habit is coming up short.

Production that was supposed to reach an all-time high this season instead will drop 5.8 per cent, the most in 15 years, after a summer drought and late-season rains stunted