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Belarus plants half of area under winter grain


MINSK, 22 September (BelTA) – Winter grain has been planted in Belarus on the area of 723,800 hectares, which makes up 50% of the plan, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry.

As of 22 September, grain and leguminous crops (excluding maize) were harvested on the area of 2.155 million hectares, or 99.4% of the plan. Harvesting was completed in Brest Oblast and Grodno Oblast. Gomel Oblast harvested 99.9% of the area (338,300 hectares), Minsk Oblast gathered 99.4% (488,900 hectares), Mogilev Oblast harvested 98.8% (314,600 hectares), Vitebsk Oblast cropped 98.6% (345,200 hectares).

Maize in Belarus was cropped on the area of 391,900 hectares, 32.1% of the plan. Some 388,000 hectares of silage and green forage were combined (39.7% of the plan). Some 9,198,000 herbage was gathered, with the average yield of 263.2 centners per hectare.

Belarusian agricultural workers have harvested 8.041 million tonnes of grain. The average yield was 36.8 centners per hectare (in 2019, the yield as of the same date was 31.1 centners per hectare). Minsk Oblast harvested more than 2 million tonnes of grain, Grodno Oblast over 1.5 million tonnes, Brest Oblast over 1.3 million tonnes, Mogilev Oblast over 1.1 million tonnes, Vitebsk Oblast over 1 million tonnes, and Gomel Oblast over 900,000 tonnes.

Some 832,100 tonnes of hay (82.4% of the plan), 13.228 million tonnes of haylage (105%) and 8.083 tonnes of silage (42.2%) were stocked. In total, there are plans to procure 9.3 million tonnes of fodder units of grass feed, most of them in Minsk Oblast and Brest Oblast. By this time, 67.2% of the plan has been fulfilled.

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