Ukraine 2014 early spring grain sowing 92 percent complete

KIEV (Reuters) — Ukraine’s farmers have sown 6.37 million acres of early spring grain as of April 16, 92 percent of the expected sowing area, the agriculture ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry gave no comparable figure for sowing this time last year as the campaign began two weeks earlier than in 2013.

Some analysts said last month that up to 20 percent of Ukrainian arable land might not be sown this year, mainly because of an absence of financing in connection with the country’s economic and political difficulties.

The ministry has said the area under early spring grain, mostly spring wheat and barley, was intended to reach 6.8 million acres this year and total spring planting was planned to reach 21 million acres together with maize.

It said the already-sown area included 4.8 million acres of spring barley, 464,556 acres of peas and 387,953 acres of spring wheat.

Ukraine produced a record grain harvest of 63 million tonnes in 2013.