Corn sowing in Ukraine is 107% the progress of last year. Corn for grain had been sown on 3.328 million ha (72% of the plan) by May 7 against 3.122 million ha by May 5, 2017.

In general, Ukrainian farmers had sown 2.209 million ha of early spring cereals and pulses (92% of the forecast) by the reporting date. Early spring cereals occupied as much as 2.297 million ha by May 5, 2017, UkrAgroConsult reports.

This includes 158,000 ha of spring wheat (90%) against 167,000 ha in 2017 and 1.462 million ha of spring barley (92%) against 1.555 million ha last year.

As the consultancy mentioned before, the risk of shortfalls in barley planting is increasing.

Oats are already planted on 181,000 ha (89%) against 197,000 ha a year ago. Peas occupy 408,000 ha (96%) against 378,000 ha on the same date last year.

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Ukrainian farmers are sowing oil crops at a fast pace. Sunflower planting is almost 80% complete.

According to the agricultural ministry of Ukraine, they had sown 4.415 million ha of sunflower by May 7, 2018, i.e. 79% of the projected 5.556 million ha. Sunflower planting is 17% ahead of last year’s pace: 3.776  million ha was seeded to this crop by the same date a year ago.

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