Russia May Sow Record Area With Oilseeds

SovEcon expects the area to be sown with oilseeds in Russia this year to reach a record 8.2 million to 8.4 million hectares, as high prices and a late spring may stimulate a rise at the expense of some cereals.

It expects the area to be sown with sunseeds, which account for the bulk of oilseeds production in Russia, to be about 6.15 million to 6.30 million hectares, which is close to the record area of 6.2 million hectares in 2008 and 2009.

An increase in the area sown to oilseeds in 2009 by three per cent year on year to 8.02 million hectares did not cause an increase in output, which fell by nine per cent to 8.19 million tonnes because of low yields.

Sunseed output declined by nearly 0.9 million tonnes in 2009 to 6.45 million tonnes. Rapeseed output was hit by summer drought in the Volga region and fell to 667,000 tonnes from 752,000 tonnes in 2008.

Soybeans output rose by 26.5 per cent to a record 944,000 tonnes.



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