29 Sep. 1997
A farmer carrying his rake is silhouetted against the setting sun in Shunyi county northeast of Beijing as he returns home from field work September 28. He is one of millions across the country involved with the autumn harvest and winter sowing. China's State Council or cabinet has issued a circular urging farmers to new efforts to ensure a good harvest next summer. China said it expects this year's grain harvest to be 484 million tonnes, down from last year's record 490 million, mainly as the result of drought.