How will Ukraine dispose of its record oilseed crop in 2018/19?

05.02.2019

According to official information of the State Statistics Service of Ukraine on the preliminary results of oilseed production in 2018, the total crop of sunflower seed amounted to 14.16 MMT, up 15.7% from last year. Soybean production was up 14.4% year-on-year at 4.46 MMT. The total rapeseed crop increased by 25.1%, to 2.75 MMT.

The sunflower seed crop rose not only due to expanded plantings (+1.7%), but also because of its higher yield (+13.9%). In soybeans, an acreage decrease (-12.8%) was offset by a gain in yield (+31%). An opposite situation is seen in rapeseed: expanded plantings (+31.9%) with a lower yield (-5%).

Overall, the oilseed crop in 2018 will almost reach a new all-time high level. Please remember that the previous record was set in 2016, when Ukraine harvested more than 20.5 MMT, according to UkrAgroConsult’s estimates.

Rapeseed market segment is going flat, the soybean market is anticipating a surge in processing and the gain in sunflower seed production will be absorbed by crushers.

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