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Cygnet harvested 17.5 thou tons of winter wheat

The agricultural company Cygnet has completed the winter wheat harvest and harvested 17.5 thou tons from an area of 2.2 thou hectares, the company’s press service reported on Facebook.
“We planned to complete the winter wheat harvest in 12 days, but actually managed to do it in 10 days. Despite the intense heat, everything went quickly, and it did not interfere with our harvesting,” said Oleksandr Shramko, deputy general director for crop production at Cygnet.
According to him, nine harvesters were working, including five hired ones. The average productivity of the combine was 24.5 hectares per day.
“This year, we achieved a record yield of 7.85 tons per hectare. In the early stages of wheat development, weather conditions were quite good, but in late May and early June there was a lack of precipitation, so in some periods the plants were stressed. However, in the second half of June, we got rainfall and the situation changed for the better. Speaking of yields, this year’s yields are above average, which is quite good,” Shramko added.
Cygnet cultivates about 29 thousand hectares in Zhytomyr and Vinnytsia regions, where it grows corn, soybeans, winter wheat, and sugar beets. The company’s assets include an elevator with a simultaneous storage capacity of 60 thousand tons and a sugar plant with a processing capacity of up to 2.8 thousand tons of beets per day (both in Zhytomyr region).
The company also has a dairy business (605 cows), which sells its products to local processors.

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Agrarians harvested 15.7 mln tons of crops in 2024

Farmers in all regions of Ukraine have already harvested 15.7 million tons of new crops from 4.403 million hectares, the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food reported on Friday.
According to the press service, 10.3 million tons of wheat were harvested from 2.626 million hectares at a yield of 39.4 c/ha, 3.1 million tons of barley from 824.2 thousand hectares at a yield of 37.4 c/ha, 319.3 thousand tons of peas from 154.7 thousand hectares at a yield of 20.6 c/ha.
Ukraine also continues to harvest oilseeds. In particular, 1.8 mln tons of rapeseed have been harvested from 779.1 thou hectares with a yield of 23.5 c/ha and 0.3 thou tons of soybeans from 0.2 thou hectares with a yield of 19.3 c/ha.
Farmers of Kherson region started harvesting millet, which was harvested in the amount of 80 tons from 50 hectares.
At the same time, the TOP-3 in terms of grain harvesting rates includes farmers of Odesa region – 629.4 thou hectares, Dnipropetrovska – 544.2 thou hectares, Mykolaivska – 527.5 thou hectares. Ivano-Frankivsk region is the leader in terms of yield with 65.1 c/ha.

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Ukrainian farmers have already harvested 9.5 mln tons of new crops

Farmers in all regions of Ukraine have already harvested 9.5 million tons of new crops from 2.785 million hectares, the press service of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food reported on Friday.
According to the press service, 5.7 million tons of wheat were harvested from 1.508 million hectares at a yield of 33.8 c/ha, 2.4 million tons of barley from 642.3 thousand hectares at a yield of 38.9 c/ha, 260.9 thousand tons of peas from 127.3 thousand hectares at a yield of 20.3 c/ha.
Ukraine also continues harvesting oilseeds. In particular, 1.085 mln tons of rapeseed have been harvested from 499.6 thou hectares with a yield of 15.3 c/ha and 0.3 thou tons of soybeans from 0.2 thou hectares with a yield of 19.3 c/ha.
At the same time, the TOP-3 in terms of grain harvesting rates includes farmers of Mykolaiv region – 484.1 thou hectares, Odesa region – 464.5 thou hectares, and Dnipropetrovs’k region – 319.4 thou hectares.
Ivano-Frankivsk region is the leader in terms of yields with 66.6 c/ha.
In the Kherson region, farmers have started harvesting millet, with 50 hectares threshed and 50 tons of seeds harvested.

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Ukraine has already harvested 100 thousand tons of grain – Ministry of Agrarian Policy

Ukraine has already harvested more than 100 thousand tons of grain for the 2024 harvest, Acting Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food Taras Vysotskyi said during a national telethon.

“As of the previous Thursday, there were 50 thousand tons. Today we can already talk about more than 100 thousand tons. The main crops that are being harvested are barley – both winter and partially spring – as well as peas and wheat,” he said.

According to the acting minister, the Ministry of Agrarian Policy forecasts the harvest of grains and legumes at 56 million tons this year.

“This is a preliminary forecast. Naturally, we will have a clearer figure later. But this is a good indicator given the fact that the country is, unfortunately, in the third year of a full-scale invasion,” Vysotsky emphasized.

He stated that grain crops have seen a reduction in production areas due to the change in crop rotation. At the same time, the area under oilseeds has been expanded.

“If we are talking about rapeseed, sunflower, soybeans, this year we expect to produce more than 20 million tons, possibly even up to 22 million tons,” the acting Minister said.

He added that oilseeds have lower yields per hectare, but their price is higher than grain. This will allow Ukrainian farmers to get harvest figures no less than in previous years.

“Ukrainian farmers are harvesting 80% of the agricultural area, as 18-20% of the farmland is temporarily under occupation. At the same time, all agricultural land under the control of Ukraine is fully sown,” the acting Minister of Agrarian Policy summarized.

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“Agrotrade” harvested over 255 thsd tonnes of grains and oilseeds

In 2023, Agrotrade harvested more than 255 thsd tonnes of grains and oilseeds, some of which showed record yields, the company’s press service reported on its Facebook page on Thursday.

“For the company, 2023 was one of the best years in terms of yields over the past five years. The harvest of corn, winter rapeseed and soybeans was particularly high. In addition, last year we switched to conventional mustard cultivation for the first time and immediately exceeded our threshing plans,” said Oleksandr Ovsyanyk, Director of the Agricultural Department, as quoted by the group’s press service.

He added that the company’s successful results were achieved, in particular, thanks to effective fertilizer and plant protection technologies, a high level of selection of varieties and hybrids, and favorable weather conditions.

According to the report, in 2023, the agricultural holding grew and harvested 84.8 thousand tons of corn, almost 70 thousand tons of wheat, 52.5 thousand tons of winter rape, 29.5 thousand tons of sunflower, 15.7 thousand tons of soybeans, 2.5 thousand tons of mustard and other crops.

As reported, in 2023, Agrotrade supplied about 350 thsd tonnes of grain to the global market. The share of own agricultural products amounted to 35% or 116 thsd tonnes, and third-party producers – 65% or 230 thsd tonnes.

The Agrotrade Group is a vertically integrated holding company with a full agro-industrial cycle (production, processing, storage and trade of agricultural products). The company cultivates over 70 thousand hectares of land in Chernihiv, Sumy, Poltava and Kharkiv regions. Its main crops are sunflower, corn, winter wheat, soybeans and rapeseed. It has its own network of elevators with a simultaneous storage capacity of 570 thousand tons.

The group also produces hybrid seeds of corn and sunflower, barley, and winter wheat. In 2014, a seed plant with a capacity of 20 thousand tons of seeds per year was built on the basis of Kolos seed farm (Kharkiv region). In 2018, Agrotrade launched its own brand Agroseeds on the market.

Vsevolod Kozhemiako is the founder and CEO of Agrotrade.

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Ukrainian agrarians harvested 79.2 mln tons of crops in 2023

As of the end of December, Ukraine harvested 79.2 mln tonnes of the 2023 harvest, including 58.392 mln tonnes of grains and 20.764 mln tonnes of oilseeds.

According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food, the harvest of grains and pulses was carried out on the area of 10542 thou hectares with the yield of 55.4 c/ha.

Compared to the same date a year ago, the total harvest is 23.6% higher, or 15.02 million tons, including 19.7% higher, or 9.59 million tons, of grains and 18.5% higher, or 3.26 million tons, of oilseeds. At the same time, it should be taken into account that this year corn has been harvested from 86% of the area so far, while a year ago – from 78%.

According to the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, the yields of the main crops in 2023 were as follows: wheat – 47.9 c/ha compared to 40.5 c/ha a year earlier, barley – 39.3 c/ha (34.7 c/ha), corn – 78.1 c/ha (64.6 c/ha), peas – 25.9 c/ha (22.8 c/ha) buckwheat – 14.8 c/ha (13.7 c/ha), millet – 22.7 c/ha (22.8 c/ha), sunflower – 23.9 c/ha (21.7 c/ha), soybeans – 26.5 c/ha (24.3 c/ha), and rapeseed – 28.7 c/ha (28.6 c/ha).

In addition, 11.879 million tons of sugar beet were harvested from 249.1 thousand hectares. Although its yield this year, unlike grains and oilseeds, is lower than last year – 477 c/ha compared to 501 c/ha, due to the expansion of the area by 38.3%, the harvest is 31.9% higher than last year and amounts to 11.879 million tons of sweet roots.

As reported, this season winter wheat plantings amounted to 4166 thou hectares (-834 thou hectares compared to the previous one), winter barley – 536 thou hectares (-255 thou hectares), and rapeseed – 1374 thou hectares (+110 thou hectares).

According to the newly revised forecast of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy, in 2023, farmers will be able to harvest 81.3 mln tons of grains and oilseeds, including 59.7 mln tons of grains and 21.6 mln tons of oilseeds.

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