Ukraine’s corn harvest is 5% below the average

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Ukraine’s corn harvest should be 32 million tons, 24% lower than last year and 5% below the average of the last five years, according to data from the EU Crop Monitoring Service (MARS), reports Reuters, quoted by Agerpres.

For sunflower, where Ukraine is one of the main global exporters, the harvest is estimated at 13.9 million tons, 15% lower than last year and 2% below the average of the last five years.

“Russia’s war against Ukraine led to a decrease in the area cultivated with corn and sunflowers. Therefore, our production estimates for both crops are below the average of the last five years, despite the good yields”, the report states.

Currently, approximately 4% of the area cultivated with corn, 10% with sunflowers, and 7% with soybeans are in the conflict zones.

For autumn crops, where harvesting has ended, MARS predicts the share of areas located in conflict zones at 22% for common wheat, 20% for barley and 13% for rape

The Ministry of Agriculture in Kyiv estimated that the country’s exports of agricultural products could increase to 6-6.5 million tons in October, double the volumes in July, following the gradual reopening of Ukrainian ports.