KYIV. Aug 12 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Ministry of Agricultural Policy and Food expects the corn yield at 26.5 million tonnes and notes that heat won’t affect the overall gross yield of this crop.
“Every year during the harvesting campaign we observe peak temperature regimes in those regions where there was not the sufficient amount of moisture…but it is not critical,” the director of the agriculture and technology policy department in the agroindustrial sector, Volodymyr Topchiy, told Interfax-Ukraine.
According to the ministry, the harvest of this crop is expected to reach 25.6 million tonnes.
The head of the agrometeorological department at the Hydrometeorological Center, Tetiana Adamenko, said heat will last for the whole next week, but it is premature to talk about changes in the numbers of the gross maize harvest.
As reported, with reference to data from the State Statistics Service, Ukraine in 2015 reduced the area under maize by 11.8%, to 4.1 million hectares.