UKRAINE – Crop production and exports from Ukraine increased last year and present winter crop progress is good, reports the Ministry of Agriculture Policy and Food.
Ukrainian corn exports exceeded eight million tons with wheat, corn, barley and other grains all higher, despite ongoing tensions with Russia.
Winter cropping is currently at 107 per cent of last year’s sown acreage. Far fewer oil seed rape (canola) and only 75 per cent of the rye has been sown compared to last year.
Meanwhile, winter crop prospects for the 2015 harvest are positive, according to government figures showing 82 per cent of sown acres in good or satisfactory condition.
This is from a survey of 97 per cent of sown land which showed 18 per cent as being exposed.
Snow cover will be critical for winter dormancy and ultimate success, said the Ministry.
“The further condition of winter crops will depend entirely on temperature, the presence and depth of snow and require constantly monitoring,” said a government spokesperson.
Most exposed crops are in Mykolayiv, Kirovohrad and Luhansk.
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