“It would be good if we harvest 22 to 23 million tons,” Solsky, whose country is a major global exporter of corn, told Reuters. In September, the ministry projected a 2022 corn crop of 25 to 27 million tons. The minister said that farmers, lacking fuel and funds, left a lot of maize in their fields, and by spring, these areas will be harvestable. “That means less volume and worse grain quality,” he added.
Ukraine has already completed the 2022 wheat and barley harvest, harvesting 19.4 million and 5.6 million tons, respectively. Farmers also harvested 18.4 million tons of corn from 70 percent of the expected area, with a yield of 6.27 tons per hectare as of December 15, according to Ukraine’s Ministry of Agriculture.
That said, the total grain crop was almost 45 million tons as of that date, and the ministry, which forecasts a total crop of 51 million tons, said that potentially 49.2 million tons could be exported, depending on the situation. Logistics. Exports could include 16.3 million tons of wheat, Solsky said.