Weather hits soya bean crops

22 October 1999

Weather hits soya bean crops

RAIN has damaged the harvested soya bean crop in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, which produces 75% of the countrys soya beans.

Indias soya bean output is expected to fall to less than 5m tonnes in 1999-2000, from 5.9m tonnes last year.

In the US, the worlds largest soya bean producer, production is expected to fall. The US department of agriculture is forecasting a 73.4m crop, against an earlier estimate of 80m tonnes.

US production has been hit by mid-season drought, shrinkage in the area under the crop and a fall in productivity.

Production in China and Argentina is expected to offset the falls in the US and India.

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