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Belarus' maize harvest campaign near completion

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Belarus is completing harvesting maize, BelTA learned from the updates posted by the Agriculture and Food Ministry.

As of 11 November, maize was harvested on the area of 1.149 million hectares, or 94.9% of the plan. Belarus harvested 990,200 hectares of maize for silage and fodder (98.5% of the plan) and gathered 22.691 million tonnes of grass feed with the yield at 229.2 centners per hectare. Harvesting of maize for grain continues and is 77.3% complete: 159,100 hectares were harvested, with 1.1 million tonnes threshed.

A total of 9.161 million tonnes of grain, including maize, was harvested in the country, with the average yield of 38.9 centners per hectare (34.6 centners per hectare as of the same date in 2019). Minsk Oblast harvested 2.3 million tonnes of grain, Grodno Oblast cropped 1.7 million tonnes, Brest Oblast - over 1.5 million tonnes, Mogilev Oblast – more than 1.2 million tonnes, Vitebsk Oblast and Gomel Oblast over 1.1 million tonnes each.

As of 11 November, sugar beets were removed from 74,900 hectares, or 91% of the total areas planted to this crop. Some 3.62 million tonnes of sugar beets were harvested with an average yield of 483.1 centners per hectare. The sugar content stands at 16.27%. As far as other vegetable crops are concerned, Belarusian farmers cleared 5,085 hectares (97.8% of the plan), collected 165,000 tonnes of vegetables, with the yield of 282.3 centners per hectare.

Some 13.849 million tonnes of haylage (109.9% of the target) and 19.557 million tonnes of silage (102%) were stocked. Some 9.7 million tonnes of fodder units of grass feed were put in stock as of 11 November (103.6% of the target).