Mriya begins harvest of oilseeds and late cereals
Mriya Agro Holding has begun harvesting sunflower, soya and maize, starting with the Pivden cluster in Chernivtsi oblast. This year the company is growing sunflower on a total of 31,300 hectares in Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi and Lviv oblasts, and soya on 17,800 hectares and maize on 24,000 hectares in Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi, Ivano-Frankivsk and Chernivtsi oblasts.
Sunflower is a crop relatively new to Mriya. It has proved so successful since first sown in 2015 that it is now continuing for a third year. Soya and maize, meanwhile, are permanent fixtures in Mriya’s crop structure. Harvesting is done the latest agricultural machinery.
‘We will harvest sunflower using 34 combine harvesters owned by us and soya using 27,’ said Mriya Agro Holding COO Andriy Hryhorov. ‘But we also plan to bring in leased machinery—17 combines for sunflower and 21 for soya—to minimise losses and get the whole crop brought in on time. For maize we plan to use 20 combines of our own. On the harvest overall, 116 combine harvesters will be deployed.
‘Also, this year we used new technologies alongside traditional methods in order to improve yields. In the case of sunflower, that was a single of application Euro-Lightning. Preliminary forecasts suggest that the yield will at least meet this year’s target. We are certainly happy with the harvest so far.’
To reduce its use of leased machinery, Mriya Agro Holding has purchased new up-to-date harvesters—27 for soya and 9 for maize. The new equipment has already been put to use and the company are confident it will not disappoint and will make Mriya’s fleet of combines more efficient.
This is Mriya Agro Holding’s third successive harvest of summer crops since its change of ownership and management. Early cereals have already been harvested on time. Next will be sugar beet.