Ukraine: 6.3 mln ha of winter crops were in good and satisfactory condition — Ministry of Agrarian Policy

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As of January 29, 2015, winter crops areas in Ukraine were in good and satisfactory condition throughout the areas of 6.3 mln ha (82%), declared the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine.

According to the announcement, generally Ukraine planted winter crops for grain and green feed for the harvest-2015 throughout 8.97 mln ha or 107% of the plan, including: winter grains — 8 mln ha (109% compared with the planted areas for the harvest-2014). Besides, winter rapeseed areas totaled 891.6 thsd ha, or 95% compared with the areas for the harvest-2014.

Sprouts of winter crops appeared throughout 7.76 mln ha (97%), including 6.3 mln ha in good and satisfactory condition (82%), 1.4 mln ha — in weak and thinned condition (18%). According to the experts, 3% of the crop areas (217 thsd ha) did not make sprouts at all. Most of such areas is located in Mykolaiv, Kirovohrad and Luhansk oblasts.

In the second half of January 2015 there was observed favorable environment for wintering of winter crops, which were in condition of shallow resting and refilling of moisture content in the soil, throughout the whole territory of Ukraine.