Ukraine: Rainfalls improve sowing conditions for winter crops

Rainfall across much of Ukraine has improved conditions for winter grain sowing and reduced concerns about the 2021 grain harvest following a severe drought, agricultural consultancy APK-Inform said today.
"Sufficiently heavy rainfall in the last days of September and early October ended the long-term drought in most regions of Ukraine and improved the conditions for sowing and winter crops development," said a report from the consultancy.
Weather services said Ukraine's weather conditions in September were the worst in 10 years and only 10% to 15% of the arable land was suitable for sowing winter crops for the 2021 harvest due to the severe drought.
APK-Inform said that the pace of 2020/21 winter wheat sowing in Ukraine is the slowest in at least 10 years due to the drought and sowing could even drag on into December.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Economic Affairs issued its first official estimate for winter grain sowing at the end of September and announced that only 1.5 million hectares or 25% of the expected winter wheat area had been sown by September 28.
Ukraine controls around 16% of global grain exports and exported 57.2 million tons of grain in the 2019/20 season. The government said exports could drop to 47.4 million tons in 2020/21.

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