This year sunflower planted area for the 2016/2017 crop has already reached 7069.7 thousand ha, which exceeds the intended 6949.6 thousand ha by 120.1 thousand ha. As UkrAgroConsult estimated earlier, planted area may be expanded to 7200 thousand ha.
Despite the fact that this area is below the record large acreage of the 2011/2012 season (7614 thousand ha), production may reach 9800-9900 KMT (considering the five-year average yields at 1.4 MT/ha).
In case of an optimistic scenario with productivity at 1.5 MT/ha, at which farmers are constantly working, production may reach close to record level. (UkrAgroConsult/Business World Magazine)