Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Ukraine harvest update and other stuff

Ukraine has produced 28.8mmt of grains and oilseeds from 8.7mha.

Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporozhye and Kherson oblasts have completed harvesting early grains and pulses with Kirovograd, Kharkiv, Poltava, Mykolaiv and Odessa oblasts on the final stages.

Crop yields currently stand at wheat, 18.5mmt with an average yield 3.75mt/ha (some record) and barley 7.6mmt averaging 2.93mt/ha.

Wheat quality is said to be similar to last year with bread making grades 1, 2 and 3 accounting for 63% of crop sampled thus far.

Since the start of 14-15MY Ukraine has exported nearly 2.6mmt of grains including 1.0mmt of wheat, 1.1mmt of barley and 360kmt of maize.

After suggesting half a million tonne the Min of Ag is now saying crop losses in Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts are not critical but then don’t go on to elaborate what they mean by critical.

As Russian sanctions against Ukrainian agri-products continue to bite there is talk of solving this little conundrum by selling through a third country which goes shows that Belarus does have a use after all.