The Ministry for Development of Economy, Trade and Agriculture of Ukraine forecast the planted area under winter grain crops in Ukraine at 7.2 mln ha, down 5% compared to 2019 (7.6 mln ha) mainly due to the cut of wheat and barley areas. Sharp deficit of soil moisture in August-September across most of Ukraine is the key reason of planted area narrowing.
Ukraine will plant 6.1 mln ha with winter wheat, down 5% compared to 2019 (6.4 mln ha) that is the lowest area over the last 4 years. Particularly, farmers of key producing oblasts Zaporizhia and Odessa will cut the area by 3% and 10% correspondingly to 651 thsd ha and 520 thsd ha. At the same time, the planted are under winter wheat will decline by 1.6 thsd ha only to 502 thsd ha in Dnipropetrovsk oblast.
Farmers will plant winter barley throughout 946 thsd ha, down 10% compared to 2019 (1 mln ha). The main producing oblasts Odessa and Mykolaiv will plant barley throughout 240 thsd ha (down 11%) and 200 thsd ha (down 9%) correspondingly.
Ukraine will plant 132 thsd ha with winter rye that almost match the last year level. Particularly, farmers of key producing oblasts Chernihiv, Volyn and Rivne will extend the common area by 4% to 65.6 thsd ha, while the other oblasts will cut it significantly.
You can get more detailed information about winter planting campaign-2020 within the online conference Winter planting campaign-2020 in Ukraine: conditions, threats, farmers’ strategy to be held on October 16 on ZOOM platform.