June 9, 2011


Ukraine to harvest 42.4-43.8 million tonnes of crop


The harvest of wheat, corn, barley, soy, and rapeseed in Ukraine is forecast at 42.3-43.8 million tonnes this year, according to Nibulon, one of the biggest agricultural enterprises in Ukraine.


The company published its major grain crops harvest forecast on June 5.


The company predicted the wheat crop capacity at 26-26.5 centners/hectare and the total wheat harvest at 16.8-17 million tonnes in 2011.


The company estimated the winter barley crop capacity at 23-23.5 centners/hectare and the total harvest of winter barley at 2.2-2.5 million tonnes, the spring barley crop capacity at 21 centners/hectare and the total spring barley harvest at 5.5 million tonnes.

Nibulon estimated the corn crop capacity at 47-48 centners/hectare and the total harvest of corn at 15.5-16 million tonnes.


According to the statement, the company estimated that area under corn grew by 26% in 2011 over 2010, to 3.3-3.35 million hectares.


The company noted that the winter rapeseed crop capacity will be 14-15 centners/hectare. Thus, the crop capacity is lower by 3-3.5 centners/hectare than in 2010.


The company believes 1.1-1.3 million tonnes of rapeseed will be harvested on 0.84-0.9 million hectares in 2011.


Considering further dry and hot weather in the areas where soy will be harvested, the company believes it is necessary to revise downward the crop capacity forecast to 17-17.5 centners/hectare and the total harvest to 1.8-2 million tonnes.


The Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry has also revised upward the grain harvest forecast by three million tonnes to 45 million tonnes in 2011.


Nibulon is a major producer and exporter of agricultural products in Ukraine. It is also a stevedoring company.


The company cultivates 70,000 hectares of land.

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