Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Weather and harvest update

All our wheat is now in and the rest of Ukraine is nearly done.

Preliminary figures are suggesting a 25% drop in yields caused by a combination of higher than average levels of winterkill and very high temperatures over the last three weeks.

This hot weather - and believe me it’s a scorcher - is starting to knock maize with reports of crops suffering quite badly. Sunflowers are ripening faster than normal and this will also mean a yield reduction. Soya isn't too bad at the moment but could obviously do with a drink.

Weather forecasts are suggesting the hot spell will continue with some local showers to give brief relief.