Ukraine’s 2012 corn harvest may reach 24 million metric tons as farmers increase their planting, according to French farm adviser Agritel.

The area of corn planted in Ukraine rose to 4.5 million hectares from 3.5 million hectares in 2011. Production potential is “very large” because weather conditions are mostly favorable for developing crops, said Agritel. A combination of summer temperatures and frequent downpours in central Ukraine are providing the water required for growth. Taking into account current weather forecasts, only the southern regions of Odessa, Nikolaev, Kherson and the Crimea still face drought concerns.