Russia. Area of sparse winter cereals larger than last year


The forecast for Russian plantings of winter crops for the 2018 harvest was 17.4 Ml ha, or roughly as much as was for the 2017 harvest. However, according to the latest published data as of December 25, 2017, farmers planted 251.8 Th ha less winter crops than at the same time in 2016 (17.1 Ml ha and 17.3 Ml ha, respectively), reports UkrAgroConsult.

The fall planting was complicated by adverse weather conditions. According to Russian meteorologists, the planting conditions in the latter half of August and September were complicated by frequent rainfalls in some parts of the Central, Volga, North-Western federal districts and in the northern east of West Siberia.  On the other hand, the southernmost part of the Central district and the southern-east of the Volga district were exposed to soil moisture shortages. In some of these areas, 30-50% of winter cereals were sown after the optimum time, even after the latest allowable dates in some south-western parts of the North-Western federal district.  

Russia’s weather forecasting agency says 16.24 Ml ha of winter cereals in the country are generally in good and fair condition (95% of their total planted area). Plantings in poor condition (sparse and unmerged ones) total 0.88 Ml ha, or 5% of their overall acreage. The respective figure in 2016 was 0.52 Ml ha and the 2012-2016 average equaled 1.34 Ml ha.

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



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