Bulgarian Farmers Plant Double Wheat Acreage
Bulgarian agricultural producers have sowed wheat on more than double the amount of land with wheat from last year, according to data of the Agriculture Ministry's regional directorates.
Thus, as of October 18, 2012, Bulgaria's total area with wheat amounts to 7.2 million decares compared with 3.3 million decares last fall.
A similar trend has been noticed with respect to barley, with a total of 1.3 million decares sowed with barley in Bulgaria in the fall of 2012 compared with 510 000 decares in the fall of 2011. The acreage planted with rye (43 000 decares) has also doubled with respect to last year.
Rapeseed is the only crop that has been a decline in the acreage planted with 1.6 million decares in 2012 compared with 1.9 million decares in 2011.
The Agriculture Ministry has reported that Bulgarian farmers have harvested 97% of the acreage they planted with corn for a total output of 1.6 million metric tons, averaging 374 kg per decare.
Bulgaria's sunflower harvest has been completed at 99.4%, with a total output of 1.36 million metric tons.
The wheat, which was harvested in the summer, and is the most popular grain crop in Bulgaria, saw an yield of almost 4 million tons, a slight decrease from last year's.
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