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PLANTED ACRES IN UKRAINE COULD FALL BY HALF
Blog by Keith Good, University of Illinois

Reuters writer Pavel Polityuk reported yesterday that, "Ukraine's spring crop sowing area may more than halve this year from 2021 levels to some 7 million hectares, its Agriculture Minister Roman Leshchenko said on Tuesday, versus 15 million hectares expected before the Russian invasion.

"He said farmers could sow up to 3.3 million hectares of corn this year versus 5.4 million hectares in 2021," the Reuters article said, adding that, "Leshchenko said the ministry had urged farmers to sow more spring wheat, buckwheat, oats, millet and spring barley. He gave no forecast for the sown area of those specific crops, but said overly dry weather could affect the sowing."



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The Reuters article added that, "Leshchenko said farmers sowed a total of 6.5 million hectares of winter wheat for the 2022 harvest, but the harvested area could be only around 4 million hectares due to war in many Ukrainian regions.

"He declined to forecast the 2022 grain harvest, because 'the situation has not fully stabilized,' he said."

Also yesterday, Reuters writer Natalia Zinets reported that, "Ukraine's northwestern Rivne region has started sowing spring crops, and aims to sow 420,000 hectares and support regions whose harvests may be more heavily disrupted by the war with Russia, Governor Vitaliy Koval said on Tuesday.



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