Spring field works began on the farms of “ROSTOK-HOLDING” Group; in particular, spring barley is being sown now. To date, soil is being fertilized and cared to preserve moisture.
“In 2015, we somewhat streamlined the crop mix and added in a new crop — spring barley. We are satisfied with the results. This year we are testing two new crops — millet and pea. These early crop progenitors will allow us to store enough time to sow winter crops, which is crucial in the North if you are looking to get a higher yield”, — says Dmytro Kupavtsev, Chief Operations Officer of “ROSTOK-HOLDING”.
Overall, in 2016 the crop acreage will be distributed as follows: corn will be planted on 18.3 thou. ha (2015: 21.3 thou. ha), sunflower — 12.8 thou. ha (2015: 11.9 thou. ha), winter wheat — 9.7 thou. ha (2015: 10.4 thou. ha), soybeans — 5.1 thou. ha (2015: 3.5 thou. ha), spring barley — 3.6 thou. ha (2015: 2.3 thou. ha).
As part of the crop mix upgrade millet will be sown on the area of 1.2 thou. ha and peas — on 0.1 thou. ha. The area under fodder crops will amount to ca. 1.1 thou. ha.
The crop mix in 2016 looks as follows: corn — 35%, sunflower — 25%, winter wheat — 19%, soybeans — 10%, and spring barley — 7%.
In March, weather permitting the first nutrition of winter wheat will be conducted. The group’s experts consider winter crops plantings to be of good quality.
Information for editors: “ROSTOK-HOLDING” is a vertically integrated agro industrial group specializing in the cultivation and sale of crops, production and sale of milk. The total area of high quality black-earth soil under group’s control amounts to ca. 60 thou hectares. The group incorporates 9 cattle breeding farms, 3 elevator complexes and a number of trade companies.