Russian farmers are planning to carry out spring fieldwork on an area of some 53 Ml ha in 2014, i.e. 103.2% against 2013. This includes planting spring cereals and pulses on 32 Ml ha (101.6%), the Russian Agriculture Ministry’s press service reported.
A total of 14.7 Ml ha was planted to winter grain and silage crops in the country.
In case of adverse wintering conditions and consequently lower survival of winter crops, spring plantings may expand by the size of lost winter crops acreage.
Abundant precipitation in the Volga and Central federal districts at the time of winter crop planting prevented completing seasonal works entirely within the agronomic timeframe. To minimize the consequences, it is projected to offset the shortfall in winter crop plantings by expanding the 2014 acreage of spring grains and pulses, first of all spring wheat and grain corn. This will allow preserving the area planted to grains and pulses at 45-46 Ml ha and harvesting at least 95 MMT of grain in case of favorable weather.