Autumn harvest situation

By: STA Date: 2023. 10. 05. 09:00

Based on the latest report of the National Chamber of Agrarian Economy, the readiness of the sunflower harvest, which was produced on 676 thousand hectares this year, has risen to 92% in the country and has already been completed in several counties.

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The national average yield is 3 tons/hectare, but there is a large variation between counties and at the level of parcels as well. When harvesting sunflowers, the producers achieved an average yield of 3.3 tons/hectare in Southern Transdanubia, 3 tons/hectare in the Northern Great Plain, and 2.7 tons/hectare in the southern part of the Great Plain. Based on this, the final yield is expected to be 2 million tons. Harvesting of the 746,000-hectare corn area is now continuous and its readiness has risen to 22%. County yield averages are very different, ranging from 5 to 9 tons/hectare, due to areas with different characteristics and the quantitative distribution of precipitation. While the work started with an average yield of 8.7 tons/hectare in Western Transdanubia, this value is only 5.8 tons/hectare in the Southern Great Plain. Based on this, the total amount of domestic corn is expected to be approximately 5.3 million tons this year. Soybean harvesting has already exceeded a third of the 58,000-hectare area, the average yield so far is 3 tons/hectare. The sugar beet campaign has also started, the harvest readiness is 10%, with an average yield of around 55 tons/hectare nationwide.

The storage capacities are completely filled with the autumn harvest at the national level, so it is justified to maintain the Ukrainian import ban domestically

Incidentally, during the farmer storage capacity survey conducted in mid-September, 11% of the voluntary responding farmers indicated that they might have a storage problem, and 13% of them would accept another farmer’s crop. Regarding the export of the main grain and oil crop groups, the data available up to June show that 460-480 thousand tons left the country every month in the months of May-July, mainly wheat and barley, and to a lesser extent sunflower and rapeseed.


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