“Almost record harvests.” Ukraine has updated its grain crop forecast

According to the latest estimates, Ukrainian farmers will harvest about 57.5 million tons of grains and 21.6 million tons of oilseeds this year.

As reported by the Unian news agency, citing the press service of the Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food Supply of Ukraine, the total area of ​​spring and winter crops was almost 1 million hectares smaller than last year and amounted to 10 million 895 hectares. Weather conditions contributed to a near-record grain harvest, allowing Ukraine to significantly increase the volume of agricultural production despite the ongoing war.

“Weather conditions remain favorable and allow us to increase the forecast for grains and oilseeds production to 79.1 million tonnes. Ukrainian farmers in particular can harvest about 57.5 million tons of grains and 21.6 million tons of oilseeds this year,” we read. message.

For comparison, in 2022 Poland produced 35.3 million tons of grains.

Record harvests

According to preliminary estimates of the Ministry of Agricultural Policy, in 2023 Ukrainian farmers will be able to harvest 21.7 million tons of wheat, 5.7 million tons of barley and 28.5 million tons of corn.

At the same time, the sunflower harvest is forecast at 13 million tons. The Ukrainian ministry also predicts that farmers will harvest a record amount of rapeseed in recent years: 4 million tons. The production level of soybeans is 4.6 million tons.

The ministry recalled that at the beginning of spring 2023, the total gross harvest for the current year was forecast at 63.5 million tons, or 13%. less than in 2022. In June, after the harvest started, the forecast was increased to 68 million tons, or by 7%. less than in 2022. At the beginning of September, thanks to favorable weather conditions, the forecast was adjusted again to 76.7 million tons.

Harvest during war

In Ukraine, the area planted with grains is decreasing, and the area planted with oil plants is increasing.

According to a survey by the Ministry of Agricultural Policy on the plans of agricultural producers when planning sowing of winter crops for the harvest in 2024, almost half (45%) of farmers do not plan to significantly reduce the area planted for this type of grains . , and more than a third (38%) farmers could even increase it.

Source: Do Rzeczy