Damage to Ukrainian infrastructure and military activity on its territory will almost certainly affect corn planting, which will inevitably impact crop prospects.
The Russian war of aggression against Ukraine will foreseeably have drastic consequences for this year's sowing in the country. Mainly summer seeds are affected, but also the harvest of winter seeds is at risk.
Speaking to Reuters news agency yesterday, Ukrainian Agriculture Minister Roman Leshchenko said that the area sown with summer crops for the 2022 harvest is likely to be just around 7 million hectares, down from around 15 million hectares in previous years.
It is thus already clear that Ukraine's export opportunities will also be much smaller, regardless of the further course of the war. In any case, it would be much more difficult to handle exports due to the predominantly destroyed seaports.
Smaller area for corn
According to Leshchenko, the area under corn is expected to be 3.3 million ha in 2022, down from 5.4 million ha last year. The minister also expressed skepticism as to whether the winter crops sown at normal levels will all be harvested because of the war. Currently, for example, only 4 million ha of the approximately 6.5 million ha of winter wheat are expected to be threshed, Leshchenko told Reuters.
Ukraine facilitates machinery imports
Field operations in Ukraine are hampered by significant shortages of fuel, fertilizer and seed. As a result, the Ukrainian government had yesterday expanded the list of critical import goods, where imports are significantly eased. This now includes agricultural machinery, spare parts and other equipment for agricultural work. In front of the Agriculture Committee of the European Parliament, the Ukrainian Minister of Agriculture had asked the European Union yesterday for support in the form of fuel and seeds, and especially plant protection products. AgE