Drought and grain harvest in Ukraine


Planting of spring cereals in Ukraine ended this past week. According to the Ag Ministry, the total planted area for the Y2017 harvest is expected at 26.9 Ml ha, or 152 Th ha larger than last year.

Cereals were sown on 14.3 Ml ha, including 7.15 Ml ha of winter cereals and 7.17 Ml ha of spring ones. According to preliminary information, wheat plantings have totaled 6.28 Ml ha with barley plantings at 2.46 Ml ha and corn acreage at 4.47 Ml ha.

Although Ukrainian growers have nevertheless sown mostly as much cereals as planned, their development and condition continue to be affected by weather, UkrAgroConsult reports.

Showers observed in Ukraine over the last two weeks were ineffective and did not make up for the soil moisture shortfall everywhere.

As of today, UkrAgroConsult keeps its forecast for Ukraine’s 2017 wheat crop unchanged compared to May estimates. It takes into account a 7-8% wheat yield decrease against 2016. 

Barley is in a somewhat worse condition now. As a result of dry weather, barley yields may drop, and barley harvest in Ukraine may shrink by 24% from last year, to a five-year low.

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