KYIV, UKRAINE — Ukraine has harvested 80% of its sown area and planting of winter crops is 76% complete, Reuters reported, citing Ukraine’s economy ministry.
A total of 47.4 million tonnes of grain was harvested from 12.3 million hectares as of Oct. 19. Farmers have completed wheat and barley harvest and collected about 44% of the corn sown area.
Grain totals could fall to 68 million tonnes, down from a record 75 million tonnes due to severe drought across most parts of the country, Reuters said.
Winter crop sowing includes 4.6 million hectares of winter wheat, or 76% of the expected area, and 628,300 hectares of winter barley, or 66% of the anticipated area.
Forecasters have said weather conditions in Ukraine were the worst in 10 years, with only 10% to 15% of arable land suitable or sowing winter crops for 2021 harvest.