April 11, 2012


Ukraine's 24% winter crops show good condition



As of April 5, 2012, Ukraine's winter crop plantings showed good and satisfactory conditions throughout 64.2% of the general areas, informed the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.


According to information of the Ministry, winter grain sowings in Ukraine faced good conditions throughout 1.8 million ha, or 24% of the general sowing areas. Winter crops throughout 3.01 million ha of the sowings, or 40.2%, were in satisfactory condition. Nearly 27% of the areas, or 2.02 million ha, showed weak and thinned condition.


Agrarians received growing sprouts throughout 89.2% of the general areas of 8.39 million ha planted with winter crops.


According to the Ministry, as of the reporting date, winter wheat sowings were in good condition throughout 1.5 million ha or 25.6%, in satisfactory - 2.47 million ha or 41.5%, weak and thinned condition - 26% or 1.55 million ha.


Winter barley sowings showed good condition throughout 11.5% of the areas - 139 thsd ha, satisfactory condition - 32.3% of the areas or 390 thsd ha, weak and thinned condition - 35.4% of the areas or 428 thsd ha.


Winter rye sowing areas were in good and satisfactory condition throughout 43.7% (135 thsd ha) and 42.3% (131 thsd ha), respectively. The areas with weak and thinned condition covered 40.9 thsd ha (13.2%).


The general condition of winter rapeseed sowings faced little changes. In particular, 28.3% of winter rapeseed sowings showed good condition - 212 thsd ha, 29.7% or 223 thsd ha - satisfactory, 22.6% or 169.7 thsd 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 to the harvest in 2011. The sowing areas under winter grains increased by 3.8% to the level of 8.4 million ha.