World Agricultural Production-201908
- Ukraine sunflowerseed production for 2019/20 is forecast at 15.5 million metric tons (mmt), up 5 percent from last month and up 3 percent from last year. Yield is forecast at a record 2.50 tons per hectare, up 5 percent from last month and up 8 percent from last year. The month-to-month increase in yields is due to recent favorable weather for sunflowers in eastern and central Ukraine. Total area is estimated at 6.2 million hectares, unchanged from last month. USDA Foreign Agricultural Service analysts conducted crop assessment travel in mid-to-late July. The team observed favorable growth for sunflowers in the Steppe and Forest-Steppe regions. The sunflower heads were larger than average and seeds fully filled out the heads. Harvest will begin in early September and continue through mid-November. USDA crop production estimates for Ukraine include estimated output from Crimea.