Agricultural Markets in Russia and Ukraine

Russia and Ukraine are significant producers and exporters of several commodities including wheat, corn, sunflower oil, and fertilizer. Production or marketing developments in these countries have the potential to impact global agricultural markets, including the U.S. Accordingly, ERS’ Outlook and Trade research programs closely monitor agricultural markets in Russia and Ukraine as part of the ERS mission to inform and enhance public and private decision making. The following page provides a summary of key agricultural markets and links to selected ERS analyses of agricultural production, trade, and policy in Russia and Ukraine.

Ukraine and Russia export agricultural and chemical products to many trading partners around the globe. Ukraine’s corn exports are concentrated—with more than one-third destined for China. Russia is a leading exporter of wheat. In 2020/21, the country supplied numerous markets with Egypt and Turkey representing approximately 40 percent of wheat export sales.  

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  • Feed Outlook: July 2022: (See page 14): International Outlook: “Corn exports are projected 1.0 million tons higher for Ukraine this month to reach 24.0 million. The Russian blockade of the Ukrainian Black Sea ports undermined Ukrainian export prospects—allowing Ukraine to export grain via rail, trucks, and barges only. However, Ukraine is trying to make the best out of the current situation by expanding to some degree (according to the recent data and reports) the volume of exported grain that turned out to be higher than anticipated earlier in both May and June.”
  • Oil Crop Outlook: July 2022: (See page 11): Global Sunflowerseed Supply is on the Rise: “The global sunflower trade for 2021/22 is revised up this month by 0.66 million metric tons to 3.9 million as shipments from Ukraine are better than expected. Ukraine’s sunflowerseed export volume is expected to reach 1.6 million metric tons this year. However, in 2022/23 marketing year, Ukraine’s export volume is projected to decrease to 0.75 million metric tons. The global sunflowerseed output for 2022/23 increased this month by 1.16 million metric tons to 50.38 million due to the higher production in Russia and the United States. In Russia, farmers planted more sunflowerseed than anticipated. Therefore, with the normal weather, the sunflowerseed production in Russia increased by 1 million metric tons this month and is projected to reach 15.5 million.”
  • Wheat Outlook: July 2022 (See page 11): International Outlook: “Based on the latest harvested estimates from Ukraine’s Ministry of Agriculture, Ukraine’s area harvested is projected to decline 0.6 million hectares to 5.3 million as Russian forces continue to occupy some oblasts with the ongoing conflict. Despite a slight increase in yield, production is still projected at the lowest in 10 years (19.5 million MT). Russian production is revised up to 81.5 million MT as the spring wheat harvested area is projected up 0.3 million hectares from the last estimate.”
  • Feed Outlook: June 2022: (See page 14): International Outlook: “Corn production in Ukraine is projected 5.5 million tons higher this month, to reach 25.0 million. The increase is fully driven by higher reported corn area that exceeds previous expectations. The data from the Ukrainian Ministry of Agriculture suggest that farmers planted larger-than expected areas for corn, which is the most input intensive among the grain crops, despite the shortage of fuel and other inputs. A possible explanation is that farmers held essential inputs acquired before the Russian military invasion and went along with corn planting—discounting or were ostensibly unconcerned with probable future scarcity of diesel for harvesting, overflowing grain stocks, and current limitations for exporting grain from the country.”
  • Oil Crop Outlook: June 2022: (See page 6): World Sunflowerseed Markets Adjust to Ukrainian Dynamics: “Continued conflict between Russia and Ukraine has impacted the ability for crushing facilities to process sunflowerseed in Ukraine. As a result, the 2021/22 sunflowerseed crush forecast is reduced 1.5 million metric tons from last month’s forecast to 10.5 million. In response to limitations on crush, Ukraine has adjusted by exporting larger quantities of sunflowerseed than previously expected. Consequently, the 2021/22 Ukrainian sunflowerseed export forecast is raised by 650,000 metric tons to 1 million with the European Union expected to receive much of this increase.”
  • Sugar and Sweeteners Outlook: June 2022 (See page 26): Honey Imports Surged to Meet U.S. Demand: “The fifth largest supplier was either Ukraine or Canada; in the last two years, it was the former (figure 20). As with its major agricultural products, such as wheat and oilseeds, Ukraine’s honey production and exports may likely be reduced due to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.”
  • Oil Crops Outlook: May 2022: (See page 9): World Rapeseed Production Contributes To Increase in the Oils Supply: "Respectively, 2022/23 Russian and Ukrainian rapeseed production is forecasted at 2.8 and 3.2 million metric tons, respectively. With a higher Russian crop, their crush is forecasted to increase to a record level of 2.35 million metric tons. In contrast, Ukraine traditionally exports most of its rapeseed crop (to the EU) which is forecast at 2.75 million metric tons."
  • Wheat Outlook: May 2022: (See page 11): International Outlook: "The Russia-Ukraine war has increased the risk surrounding the harvest of the winter wheat, resulting in higher abandonment expected in conflict areas (area harvested projected down 1.6 million hectares from 2021/22 to 5.9 million)."
  • Feed Outlook: May 2022: (See page 15) International Outlook: "World coarse grain production in 2022/23 is forecast down 22.5 million tons (1.5 percent) from the previous year to 1,475.9 million. Much of the change is attributed to a decline in U.S. intended planting, as reported in the March 31 Prospective Plantings report—exacerbated by poor planting conditions, and the drastic war-induced decline in Ukraine that is expected to see a 31-percent reduction in its coarse grain area."
  • Oil Crops Outlook: April 2022: Special Article (See page 5): Sunflower Oil and Its Contribution to the Global Vegetable Oil Market: "The events in Ukraine escalated an already tight vegetable oil market. Global vegetable oil prices skyrocketed in the last 5 weeks to record levels, further escalating inflation and growing concern for food supplies in many countries. The conflict between Ukraine and Russia has significantly increased the uncertainty of the agricultural supply and demand conditions in the region and globally."
  • Wheat Outlook: April 2022: (See page 3): International Outlook: "As the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues, wheat prices remain elevated resulting in lower imports for 2021/22 as countries find a balance between rationing demand and tightening their stocks.
  • Feed Outlook: March 2022: Russian Incursion into Ukraine Disrupts Global Grain Markets: “Russia’s recent military action in Ukraine significantly increased the uncertainty of agricultural supply and demand conditions in the region and globally. The March World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report represents an initial assessment of the short-term impacts, as a result of this action.”
  • Wheat Outlook: March 2022: (See page 3) U.S. Wheat Prices Surging: “Wheat prices are surging globally in the wake of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Prior to this development, prices were already elevated, influenced by relatively tight supplies in key exporting countries.”

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