Ukraine’s grain harvest will probably fall almost 14 percent to 45.7 million metric tons this year as plantings decrease following drought, agriculture researcher ProAgro said.
Farmer plantings will decline 5.1 percent from last year, Nikolay Vernitsky, head of ProAgro, said in an e-mailed statement today. Grain planting will drop to 15.2 million hectares (37.64 million acres) from 16.05 million hectares, it said. Wheat planting will decline to 5.5 million hectares from 7 million hectares, and the wheat harvest will drop 32 percent to 14.3 million tons, it said.
Corn planting will increase almost 20 percent to 4.35 million hectares from 3.63 million hectares in 2011, Kiev-based ProAgro said. The corn harvest is estimated to rise 3.9 percent to 21.3 million tons in 2012 from 20.5 million tons, it said.
ProAgro estimates Ukraine’s 2011 grain harvest was 53 million tons compared with a government estimate of 56.7 million tons.
Ukraine’s Agriculture Ministry said that 1.75 million hectares of winter grains will need to be re-seeded in spring after winter frosts. As of March 7, winter grains sprouted on 7.27 million hectares, of which 23.6 percent of plants were in good condition and 39.5 percent in satisfactory, and 29.7 percent were weak, according to the ministry’s website.
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