MINSK, 11 August (BelTA) – Grains and leguminous crops have been harvested from half of the designated area, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry.
“By the morning of 11 August, cereals and leguminous crops (excluding corn, buckwheat and millet) were harvested from the area of 1,092,700 hectares, which is slightly more than half of the designated area (51% of the plan). The regional breakdown looks the following: 282,100 hectares (or 81.5% of the plan) were harvested in Brest Oblast, 118,700 hectares (or 58.7%) in Vitebsk Oblast, 203,500 hectares (58.7%) in Gomel Oblast, 131,600 hectares (43.1%) in Grodno Oblast, 220,200 hectares (49.1%) in Minsk Oblast, 136,600 hectares (or 41.1%) in Mogilev Oblast.
Belarus threshed 4,112,600 tonnes of grain, with the average yield at 37.6 centners per hectare. Last year the average yield at this stage of harvesting was lower, 32 centners per hectare.
“Malt barley was harvested from 27,800 hectares of land (50.9% of the plan), with 118,000 tonnes threshed and the average yield at 42.4 centners per hectare (last year it was 33.7 centners per hectare). Winter rapeseed to be used as grain was gathered from 280,300 hectares of land or 91% of the targeted area, with 740,600 tonnes threshed and the average yield at 26.4 centners per hectare. Some 259,800 hectares of soil was prepared for sowing this crop, which is 61.4% of the plan. Winter rapeseed to be used as grain was planted on 20,100 hectares or 4.74% of the plan,” the ministry informed.
Flax was cleared from the area of 33,200 hectares (74.9%).
As part of the second cutting agricultural workers cut down grass on 812,300 hectares or 79.6% of the plan. Some 694,200 tonnes of hay (72.7% of the target), 11.644 million tonnes of haylage (86.7%), and 321,800 tonnes of silage (1.69%) were produced.