According to the Ag Ministry of Ukraine, sunflower planting was completed on 5223.1 thousand ha as of May 22, that is 97% of the planned 5390.3 thousand ha (official data).
Planting runs 4.8% ahead of last year’s pace. 4985 thousand ha of sunflower was sown at the same time a year ago.
As of May 22, soya was sown on 1753 thousand ha, that is 90% of its officially forecast area of 1948.4 thousand ha. Due to this speed-up, planting operation not only caught up with last year’s pace, but even outstripped it by 1.6%. Soya plantings totaled 1725 thousand ha as of the same date in 2016. (UkrAgroConsult/Business World Magazine)