Ukraine Harvest Nearing Completion

The 2009 harvest is nearing completion in the Ukraine, with 95% of the wheat crop cut as of Aug 10, producing 20.6 MMT in bunker weight, according to UkrAgroConsult. Average yields are 3.17 MT/ha this season they say, almost 10% down on last year's 3.5 MT/ha.

Barley harvesting was 94% done, producing 12.1 MMT at an average yield of 2.51 MT/ha, they add. The rapeseed crop is also 94% harvested, with output at 1.8 MMT, with an average yield of 1.79 MT/ha.

A final clean weight wheat harvest of around 20 MMT would represent a 23% reduction on 2008's record wheat harvest of 25.9 MMT. Barley output in 2008 was 12.3 MMT and OSR production 2.9 MMT.