Thursday, 20 October 2016

Ukraine sugar beet harvest facing an increasing challenge

To date Ukrainian farmers have harvested 119,000 ha of sugar beet, or 41% of the area sown according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

That means there could be another 170,000ha left to lift over the next six weeks which, considering they are over half way through the harvest window, could be a challenge.

It’s been wet in Ukraine recently and
farmers have been struggling to lift beet from soaking wet soils so how much of that 170,000ha gets lifted before frosts put an end to it remains to be seen.

Current yields are reported at 45.8mt/ha compared to last years crop of 42.8mt/ha.