The winter rapeseed planting campaign in Ukraine was completed in the week ending 26 September, AgriCensus reported from official government data.

Winter rapeseed planting finished with 960,600ha completed, which was 9% higher compared to last year’s total, according to the 28 September report.

The Ministry of Agrarian Policy report forecast that the high price of the oilseed was likely to see actual planted area achieve above the outlook, AgriCensus wrote.

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s overall winter planting campaign was 15% complete, with the general pace of sowing 13% behind the previous year, the report said.

In many regions of Ukraine, farmers have been forced to suspend field work due to long-term precipitation, according to the report. However, the ideal time for winter crop planting had not been missed.

Farmers were expected to plant 3.9M ha of wheat – 21% less than last year’s area – due to occupation by Russian forces, military operations and mining of fields, the report said.

However, the ministry said it expected an increase in areas under winter crops compared to its earlier estimate due to the de-occupation of some territories.

Winter wheat had been planted on 622,100ha, which was 16% of the total projected area for sowing, the report said.