(Yicai Global) Oct. 12 – Dr. Yuan Longping, China's so-called father of hybrid rice, led the study on a new super rice Superior 1000, whose yield has reached 1,013.8 kilograms per 'mu' (1 mu = 0.0667 hectares) -- a new world record for high-latitude hybrid rice.
The Chinese Academy of Sciences randomly selected three fields of the Superior 1000 test fields in the eastern province of Shandong, and calculated their output after mechanical harvesting and deducting standard moisture content, the journal Science and Technology Daily reported.
Two weeks ago, under the guidance of Dr. Yuan's team, the research base for 100 mu of high-yield super rice located in Rizhao, Shandong just overturned the world record. The yield per mu of highest-latitude hybrid rice had reached 980.43 kilograms.
"It took 10 years to increase the super rice yield from 700 to 800 kilograms; now no technical obstacles remain to raising the yield from 900 to 1,000 kilograms," Dr. Yuan said. "In suitable climatic conditions, there is basically no problem in achieving a yield of 1,000 kilograms per 0.0667 hectares."