China reaps 40% of winter wheat

Updated: 2011-06-08 13:20
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BEIJING - The Ministry of Agriculture said on Tuesday the country has reaped 40 percent of its winter wheat as of 5 pm Monday with an abundant supply of agricultural machinery and stable crude oil prices.

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China has gathered 137.75 million mu (9.18 million hectares) of winter wheat, among which, 103.84 million mu were harvested by reaping machines. On Monday alone, 230,000 combine harvesters were put into use, which gathered 10.78 million mu of wheat, the ministry said.

The major wheat growing provinces of Anhui and Henan have harvested 35.19 million mu and 41.55 million mu as of Monday, accounting for more than 80 percent and 50 percent of their total growing areas, respectively, the ministry reported.