Ukrainian growers still fail to catch up with last year`s oilseed planting pace as the weather-caused lag persists. At the same time, a boost is observed in planting operations in late April and early May, as reported by UkrAgroConsult.
According to the Agrarian Ministry of Ukraine, sunflower was sown on an area of 3,487 hectares as of May 4 – this is 65% of the projected 5,390 ha (official data), UkrAgroConsult reports.
The lag behind last year exceeds 3%: 3,566 ha of sunflower was sown as of this same date in 2016.
As of May 4, soya was planted on an area of 636,000 ha that is 33% of its forecast area (the official forecast is 1,948 ha). The lag behind last year has reduced to 28% over the recent days. Soya plantings already totaled 882,000 ha on this same date in 2016.