Lower Production of Sunflower Seeds for 2020/2021
Lower production was due to droughts from July to August that affected both the Southern and Central regions. The yield in the Southern regions is reported to be below 1 MT / Ha, 50% of last year’s. Soil moisture in some regions experienced the lowest levels recorded in the last five years. Odessa witnessed some of the lowest harvest levels, recording a yield of approximately 0.7 MT / Ha. Kirovograd and Dnipropetrovsk were also hit hard.
While certain areas in the South had good production contrary to the general trend of reduced production, the production volume is expected to be lower than in 2019 at approximately 14-14.5M, in contrast to the previous forecast of 15.5-16.5M. The current expected yield is at 1Ton / Ha and 40-42% in terms of oil content.
Adding fuel to the fire, the harvest, which would have normally commenced in September, was delayed despite the fact that producers are still contractually obligated to supply a certain amount.
In addition, the drought in the general Black Sea region also negatively affected sunflower crops in Russia, and the yield is expected to be at approximately 15M MT, a drop from last year.