Ukraine corn farmers may plant record acres in 2012
2011 harvest at 21 million metric tons
Ukraine's corn farmers may plant more than 4 million hectares (9.88 million acres) for the 2012 harvest after record 2011 production, according to the country's Agriculture Ministry.
The 2011 harvest is already at 21 million metric tons, and there are still 150,000 hectares left to be collected, said Oleksandr Demidov, head of the Ministry's crop department. Plantings for this crop were 3.57 million hectares.
Ukraine's total grain harvest was 57 million metric tons as of December 1, with wheat making up 22 million metric tons and barley 9.1 million metric tons. Total grain plantings for 2012 will be 15 million hectares, according to Demidov.