Li Qiang, managing director at Shanghai JC Intelligence, puts some numbers on our observation that the recent flooding would hit the forthcoming harvests hard. With official figures saying that 400,000 hectares of farmland across the country have been destroyed, Li tells Bloomberg that he expects rice output to be down 5% and cotton by 5%-10%. The summer grain harvest fell this year for the first time in the past seven years. But the autumn grain harvest is more important as it accounts for more than three-quarters of annual production in normal years. The price of rice has already risen 15% on the Chicago futures markets since June 30. Cotton has been climbing for the past year, and is now up 26% in the New York market over this time last year. As Bloomberg notes, that will make Beijing’s 3% inflation target harder to meet. And it will require judicious releases from the government’s grain stockpiles to stabilize prices.