: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Ukrainian farmers gather nearly 39 mln tonnes of grain by Sept 1

Ukrainian farmers have threshed 38.6 million tonnes of grain and leguminous crops, including corn, as of September 7, from 9.9 million ha of land, as compared to 37.4 million tonnes on the same date last year, according to the Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry`s press service.

The average yield capacity of grain crops is 39 centners per ha, against 35.9 centners per ha in 2015.

In particular, the corn harvest reached 184,000 tonnes, from an area of 45,000 ha (1% of the target), while the buckwheat harvest stood at 117,000 tonnes = from 91,000 ha.

Additionally, millet has been harvested from 76,000 ha, with a yield of 138,000 tonnes.

The highest yield of grain and leguminous crops was recorded in Vinnytsia region (54.9 centners per ha), Khmelnytsky region (52.6 centners per ha), Cherkasy region (52.2 centners per ha) and Kyiv region (49.1 centners per ha).

In addition, farmers have already threshed 1.2 million tonnes of sunflower seed from 599,000 hectares.

Also, soybeans have been harvested from 136,000 ha, with a yield of 276,000 tonnes.

Of note, Ukraine`s Ministry of Agrarian Policy has said that sowing of winter rapeseed for the 2017 harvest is underway, simultaneously with harvesting.

Currently, 601,000 ha, or 83% of the target, have been sown, as compared to 388,000 ha sown on the same date in 2015.

As reported earlier by UNIAN, Ukrainian farmers had threshed 38 million tonnes of early grain and leguminous crops from 9.6 million ha, as of August 15, 2016.

In August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture revised its forecast for the harvest of grain in Ukraine in the 2016-2017 marketing year (July 2016 through June 2017) upwards to 64.1 million tonnes, which was 4.5% up on the forecast it published in July.


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