Ukraine. Does early spring arrival imply a record yield?


Unlike last year, the Black Sea region witnesses an early spring arrival in 2019. The region has been exposed to above-normal air temperatures over at least two weeks. This caused snow to melt and enabled farmers in the south of Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan to begin spring fieldwork, reports UkrAgroConsult.

In particular, Ukrainian farmers started sowing spring grains a month earlier than last year. As of March 7, plating of early grains and pulses had been begun in seven regions of Ukraine: Odesa, Kherson, Zaporizhia, Mykolaiv, Cherkasy, Ternopil and Vinnytsia. 58 Th ha (3% of the projected 2284 Th ha) had been seeded by the reporting date.

Returning to weather conditions in the winter and spring of 2018/19, it is worth reminding that this year’s winter turned out to be mild. Winter grains are in as good condition as last year that is one of the best in five years.

As of today, this already gives us grounds to believe that yields of winter grains may be close to last year’s ones. However, the early arrival of spring in Ukraine suggests a still more optimistic outlook for the new harvest, report UkrAgroConsult’s analysts.

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