September 14, 2022


Ukraine corn harvest expected to drop 24% year-on-year



The European Union's crop monitoring unit MARS said Ukraine's corn harvest is expected to drop 24% year-on-year and 5% below the five-year average to 32.0 million tonnes, Reuters reported.


MARS said the area planted in grain, maize, and sunflowers has decreased as a result of Russia's war against Ukraine. Therefore, despite reasonable yield outlooks, their production forecasts for both crops are below the 5-year average.


According to MARS, 4% of the grain maize, 10% of the sunflowers, and 7% of the soybean production are grown in hostile environments right now.


Winter crops, for which the harvest is finished, make up 22% of the total production of soft wheat, 20% of barley, and 13% of rapeseed.


As the war with Russia continues, analysts have been debating how much grain Ukraine, typically one of the world's largest suppliers, will be able to harvest and export this year.


With the exception of those in the conflict zones of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk, and Zaporizhzhia, which are based on remote sensing, MARS estimates are based on its own yield estimates and area data from the Ukrainian farm ministry, it said.


-      Reuters

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