Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Rice Yields Skyrocketing

It’s not often that one person can be said to be responsible for feeding 60 million people. But then Yuan Longping has never been an ordinary person.
 
In the three decades that followed the discovery, hybrid rice has spread so that it is now planted on about half of China’ rice area, resulting in a 20 percent higher yield over previously grown varieties. . ." to about 10,000 pounds per acre, in the near future ". . . rice yields could reach 22 to 23 metric tons per hectare (19,595 to 20,485 pounds of rice per acre).