In Ukraine, farmers are completing the sowing campaign. Over the past week, 14 thousand hectares were sown with grain and leguminous crops, compared with 133.3 thousand hectares last week and 193.5 thousand hectares a week earlier. This is evidenced by the data of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food.
Thus, as of June 15, the area under spring cereals and legumes reached 5.618 million hectares, which is 3% higher than predicted in March.
At the same time, the sown areas are 9.3% less than last year: as of June 9, 2022, according to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, they amounted to 6196.6 million hectares.
The backlog is mainly formed due to the most popular crops – corn, spring barley, the crops of which are respectively 13.5% and 14.9% less than last year and amount to 4.014 thousand hectares and 810.0 thousand hectares.
At the same time, for corn, they already exceeded the forecast of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of 3.618 million hectares by 11%, while 78% of the expected 1.041 million hectares were sown with barley.
Last year’s crops of millet were exceeded, under which 49.2 thousand hectares of land are occupied, but this is 82% of the area expected this year.
At the same time, the area under other grain crops is already larger than a year ago. This applies to spring wheat – 271.1 thousand hectares (by 41.9%), peas – 138.5 thousand hectares (by 5.7%), buckwheat – 119.7 thousand hectares (59%).
According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, agrarians from 14 regions completed the sowing of spring crops: Vinnytsia, Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kirovohrad, Lvov, Odesa, Poltava, Rivne, Sumy, Ternopil, Khmelnytsky, Cherkasy, Chernihiv and Chernivtsi regions.
Compared to the pre-war 2021, the crops of spring grains and legumes are 24.7% lower, sunflower – 17.4%, sugar beet – 6.2%, while in relation to soybeans they increased by 27.6%.
Sugar beet sowing has been completed, the area under which amounted to 213.1 thousand hectares, which accounted for 97% of the plan. The areas under sunflower and soybeans lag behind the planned indicators, by 94% and 96%, respectively, they are 5283.8 and 1773.5 thousand hectares.