Russia’s Ag Ministry forecasts planted areas of cereals and pulses to expand


The Agriculture Ministry of Russia forecasts the country’s 2017 total planted acreage at 80.1 Ml ha, or 600 Th ha more than in 2016. Plantings of winter crops for the 2017 harvest were increased by 302.6 Th ha to 17.3 Ml ha, including 14.8 Ml ha of winter wheat, reports UkrAgroConsult.

Wheat accounts for 85.6% of winter grain plantings, rye for 9.5%, barley for 3.2% and triticale for 1.6%. The planted areas are located primarily in the Southern federal district (34.9% of total acreage planted to winter crops), Volga district (26.4%), Central district (22.6%) and North Caucasian district (12.8%). About 2.4 Ml ha was sown with winter crops in Rostov region, about 1.9 Ml ha in Stavropol region and about 1.6 Ml ha in Krasnodar region.

The Ag Ministry predicts that an area of 52.7 Ml ha will be seeded in the spring of 2017. Spring cereals and pulses will occupy 31 Ml ha out of this acreage, including 13.6 Ml ha of spring wheat or roughly as much as in 2016. Sowings of corn for grain are projected to expand to 3.06 Ml ha that is 169 Th ha more than in 2016 (2.89 Ml ha).

Further prospects of the Black Sea grain market will be discussed at the XIV International Conference “Black Sea Grain: Wind of Change”, which will take place on April 5-6, 2017 in InterContinental hotel, Kiev, Ukraine.

Black Sea Grain conference is large international platform, offering high quality market analysis and networking opportunities for the global leaders of grain and oilseed industry. The event is annually attended by over 800 agribusiness representatives from more than 400 companies and 50 countries worldwide. 



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