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12 February 2015

USDA World Agricultural Production - February 2015USDA World Agricultural Production - February 2015


USDA World Agricultural Production

Thailand Rice: Production Forecast Lower as Acreage Declines

USDA forecasts 2014/15 milled rice production in Thailand at 19.5 million metric tons, down 1.0 million or 4.9 percent from last month and down 4.7 percent from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 10.5 million hectares, down 0.4 million or 3.7 percent from last month and 3.8 percent
from last year. Yield is estimated at 2.81 tons per hectare, down 1.3 percent from last month and 0.9 percent from last year. Government restrictions on irrigation water distribution and falling domestic rice prices caused farmers to reduce rice area during the winter or dry season. The dry
season crop is the second of two annual rice crops, with the summer wet season crop accounting for 72 percent of total production. Satellite imagery analysis has confirmed that rice area in January 2015 is much reduced from levels achieved last year in both the central plains and northern regions.

These two regions typically account for over 80 percent of total dry season rice production. The planting window for dry season rice extends into late February, with harvest generally occurring from March through June. (For more information, please contact Michael.Shean@fas.usda.gov.)

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