Bulgaria’s corn harvest the poorest over the last four seasons


The period of November 11-20 featured falling air temperatures in Bulgaria. They dropped to 5-7°C below zero in some areas. These weather conditions stopped growing processes in winter crops, reports UkrAgroConsult. Winter cereals are mostly at three-leaf stage of plant development. Seeded during October 1-10, winter wheat and barley are at tillering stage. Cereals planted in November are at emergence stage.

According to the Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture, corn was harvested from 408.5 Th ha as of November 10 that is 96.6% of its projected area (423 Th ha). Farmers got 2152.3 KMT with an average yield of 5.27 MT/ ha.

As of the reporting date, the average corn yield is 2.7% higher than in 2015. But this is not enough to offset a 9.5% contraction of Bulgarian corn plantings for the 2016 harvest.

Thus, the country’s corn output is expected to hit a four-year low in 2016. According to UkrAgroConsult estimates, the 2016/17 corn harvest in Bulgaria will be 7% lower than last year.

More information on crop conditions and progress in harvesting/seeding campaign in the countries of Black Sea Region is available to subscribers for weekly ag market report "Black Sea Grain & Oil" by UkrAgroConsult.



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