July 5, 2012
Ukraine's 2012 early grain crop sees at 20-21 million tonnes
Buoyed by poor weather during the sowing and wintering of major crops, Ukraine expects to produce 20 million-21 million tonnes of early grains, mostly wheat and barley, this year as compared to 34 million tonnes last year, farm minister Mykola Prysyazhnyuk said.
"Taking into account the grain yields in steppe and forest zones of Ukraine, we expect to harvest about 20-21 million tonnes of early grain," the ministry on Wednesday (July 4) quoted Prysyazhnyuk as saying.
Prysyazhnyuk said Ukraine was likely to harvest 5.86 million hectares of wheat, 3.48 million hectares of barley, 310,000 hectares of oats, 303,000 hectares of rye and 247,000 hectares of peas.
Ukraine harvested 22.3 million tonnes of wheat from 6.66 million hectares in 2011. The former Soviet republic also harvested nine million tonnes of barley from 3.7 million hectares.
Prysyazhnyuk said farms had threshed 3.7 million tonnes of grain with an average yield of 1.76 tonnes per hectare. By comparison, yields had reached 2.81 tonnes per hectare as of July 4, 2011.
Ukraine's government forecasts a harvest of 44 million-47 million tonnes of grain this year against a record 56.7 million tonnes in 2011. Weather forecasters see the crop at no more than 44 million tonnes.