Russia. Sunflower plantings hit a new high

03.08.2017

According to Russia’s State Statistics Service, sunflower plantings totaled 7,897 Th ha, or 283 Th ha above the previous record of MY 2011/12, when 7,897 Th ha was sown. The figures surpassed the most optimistic statements and forecasts.

In this connection, the main question arises: will farmers harvest a bumper crop of sunseed? As a reminder, its largest crop ever was registered in the 2016/17 season – 11 MMT – with nearly record planted area and yield (7598 Th ha and 1.45 MT/ha, respectively). This season, even if the yield is at the five-year average of 1.42 MT/ha, the Russian sunseed crop will be at least as abundant as last year, but it will most likely set a new record.

 

 

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