March 21, 2012


Ukraine's majority winter crops show good state



As of March 15, Ukraine's winter crops sowings faced good and satisfactory conditions throughout 62.5% of the general areas (as of March 7 - 63.1%), stated Ukraine's Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food.


According to information of the Ministry, winter grain sowings in Ukraine faced good conditions throughout 1.68 million ha, or 23% of the general sowing areas. Winter crops throughout 2.8 million ha of the sowings, or 39.5%, were in satisfactory condition. Nearly 29% of the areas, or 2.11 million ha, showed weak and thinned condition.


Agrarians received growing sprouts throughout 86.8% of the general areas of 8.39 million ha planted with winter crops.


The general condition of winter rapeseed sowings faced little changes. In particular, 28.8% of winter rapeseed sowings showed good condition - 216,000 ha (as of March 7 - 221,000 ha), 32.7% or 234,000 ha - satisfactory (243,000 ha), 26% or 195,000 ha - weak and thinned.


According to the State Statics Service, Ukraine sowed winter crops for grain and green fodder, including rapeseed, throughout 9.4 million ha for the harvest of 2012, up 1.9% compared with the harvest in 2011. The sowing areas under winter grains increased by 3.8% to the level of 8.4 million ha.