Ukraine. April’s poor weather tests out winter rapeseed


The April “weather surprises” were the main topic last week. In some of Ukraine’s regions, the arrival of cold and snowfalls tested out winter rape as the crop most susceptible to spring frosts. Is the situation in the snow-covered April fields of winter rape that critical as it seems at the first sight? Who is right? The pessimists claiming that the crops are fully lost or the optimists confident in post-winter hardiness of rape? Let’s try to impartially assess the consequences of the arctic air intrusion into Ukraine.

As of April 20 the following eight regions of Ukraine found themselves in a risk zone: Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Zaporizhia, Kirovohrad, Kherson, Odesa and Mykolaiv regions. Remarkably, Odesa region (134 Th ha of fertilized winter rape plantings) is the top grower of this oilseed in Ukraine, while Dnipropetrovsk and Kherson regions (57 Th ha and 53 Th ha, respectively) are by far not the bottom ones.

UkrAgroConsult’s rapeseed crop estimates for 2017/18 are given in the full version of article available to subscribers for weekly market report “Black Sea Vegoils & CIS” and “Online market review” by UkrAgroConsult.



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