According to preliminary forecasts by APK-Inform analysts, in 2016 the general harvest volumes of the major oilseed crops in Ukraine will reach the record index of 18.6 mln tonnes, an increase of 7% compared with the last year results.
Expanding of the planted areas under sunflower seed (up 15%) and soybeans (up 4%), in terms of slight declining of the yield indices, will contribute to development of the reporting harvest volumes.
In particular, sunflower seed production will reach 12.9 mln tonnes (up 10% compared with 2015), soybeans - 4.35 mln tonnes (up 11%).
In the current year, rapeseed will show some decline of its production, which is expected to reach 1.3 mln tonnes, down 24% compared the harvest-2015, and become the minimum result for 4 recent years.
Thus, in terms of the forecasted planted areas of 6 mln ha, in 2016 sunflower seed will not only return its lost share in the structure of oilseed crops areas, but also take the largest areas among all agricultural crops, even exceeding wheat areas.