MINSK, 17 August (BelTA) – Some 5.7 million tonnes of grain has been threshed in Belarus, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry.
As of the morning of 17 August, grain and leguminous crops (excluding maize, buckwheat and millet) were harvested from 71.3% of the planned area (1.525 million hectares). Harvesting was completed on 95.2% of the area (329,400 hectares) in Brest Oblast, 54.1% (195,800 hectares) in Vitebsk Oblast, 75.9% (263,400 hectares) in Gomel Oblast, 66.4% (202,600 hectares) in Grodno Oblast, 71.7% (322,000 hectares) in Minsk Oblast, and 63.9% (212,500 hectares) in Mogilev Oblast.
Belarus threshed 5.738 million 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, 31.2 centners per hectare.
Winter rapeseed to be used as grain was harvested from 296,500 hectares of land (96.2% of the designated area), with 788,100 tonnes threshed (the average yield stood at 26.6 centners per hectare). Winter rapeseed to be used as grain was planted on 122,900 hectares or 29% of the plan.
Malt barley was harvested from 35,900 hectares of land (65.8% of the plan), with 145,000 tonnes threshed and the average yield at 40.4 centners per hectare (last year it was 32.3 centners per hectare).
Flax was cleared from the area of 41,300 hectares (93.1% of the designated area).
As part of the second cutting agricultural workers cut down grass on 845,300 hectares or 82.8% of the plan. Some 723,300 tonnes of hay (75.7% of the target), 11.794 million tonnes of haylage (87.8%), and 339,600 tonnes of silage (1.78%) were produced.
During this period, 5,831 grain harvesters were in operation, which is 77.3% of the available harvesting equipment in Belarus.