Russia. A 600 Th ha shortfall in autumn planting


It is projected to expand pulse, rape and soya plantings in the spring.

Farmers will have to seed a larger area in the spring of 2018 because the autumn planting fell some 600 Th ha short of the plan, said the director of the Ag Ministry’s crop production department.

According to current information of the Ag Ministry, 17.1 Ml ha was seeded to winter crops by December 15, or 98.4% of the forecast. Winter crops occupied 17.4 Ml ha in 2016, and growers projected to sow nearly as much this year. However, while the planting target was overachieved by 283 Th ha, or by 4.7% in the Southern federal district, the planted area fell 453 Th ha short in the Volga federal district and 59 Th ha short in Siberia. According to an earlier forecast of the Ag Ministry, 87% of winter crops will be represented by wheat, 8.7% by rye, 3.3% by barley and 1.3% by triticale.

The autumn planting increase in the southern regions resulted from better prices settled in the export-oriented south this year. At the same time, smaller areas were seeded to winter crops in the Central and Volga regions, where the price situation is much worse.




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