In the plain, which spent the winter with snowfall below expectations, the desired level of precipitation did not occur in February, which is the development period of the plant.
The rains received from the beginning of spring were greeted with joy in the plain.
Hüseyin Çevik, President of Konya Commodity Exchange (KTB), said that the precipitation was not at the desired level in the months when the grain was planted.
Stating that 900 thousand hectares of an area of 2.5 million hectares can be irrigated in Konya Plain, Çevik said, “Snowfalls did not occur at the desired level. April-May precipitation in our region was very beneficial for plant growth. We observe this in the field. Barley and wheat are planted in barren areas. “The plant growth in these areas has improved as much as in the wetlands,” he said.
Çevik stated that there was an increase of 5 to 7 percent in wheat and barley cultivation areas in Central Anatolia compared to last year, and that this includes not only barren areas but also wetlands.
Expressing that the farmer smiles with the rainfall received, Çevik said:
“The precipitation in May was over 50 millimeters. Maybe the snowfall in January-February was less, but the precipitation in April-May was good. We received precipitation above the average of the last 15-20 years. When we look at the reports of the National Grains Council, this year’s yield in wheat will not be less than last year. We can foresee it. (Across the country) I estimate this figure to be over 20 million tons again. We expect barley production to be around 7.5 to 8.5 million tons.”
“The farmer is extremely satisfied with this spring rains”
Bekir Kağnıcıoğlu, President of Altınekin Chamber of Agriculture, stated that the precipitation that meets the soil in April-May is above the average for many years.
Pointing out that the rainfall received during this period was very beneficial for the grain, Kağnıcıoğlu said, “In Altınekin, where the most intensive agricultural activity is carried out on the Konya Plain, more than 150 millimeters of precipitation per square meter has fallen in the last 2 months. We received the rainfall in April-May, when the plant needs water the most. It will also reflect very well on the harvest. The farmer is also very pleased with the rains this spring,” he said.
He took Thrace out of drought
Spring rains brought the dry days to an end in Thrace as well as in the rest of the country.
April precipitation in Turkey was above the normal and the precipitation in the same month last year.
April precipitation increased more than 100 percent compared to last year. The precipitation, which was 57.5 kilograms in April and 24.5 kilograms per square meter in the same period last year, was 86.8 kilograms in this period.
In Thrace, which had a dry autumn and winter, as in the rest of the country, the danger of drought disappeared with the rains.
In the drought analysis maps published by the General Directorate of Meteorology, Thrace, which has been shown with shades of brown in recent months, has risen to normal and slightly humid levels in the last published drought map.
In the 24, 12, 9 and 6-month reports before the spring precipitation, Thrace was evaluated as very severe arid, severe, moderately arid, arid in places, while Edirne, which had moderately dry and dry days in the last 2 years, was excluded from the drought rating with the last rains.
Wheat yield expectations increased
National Grains Council (UHK) Chairman of the Board Özkan Taşpınar spoke at the session on Turkish Wheat Markets and Future Expectations at the 17th International Congress and Exhibition organized by the Turkish Flour Industrialists’ Federation (TUSAF) in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.
Taşpınar emphasized that global wheat production is estimated to reach 789.8 million tons this year, with an increase of 1.5 million compared to the previous year.
Pointing out that the precipitation was less for 6 months after wheat planting in Turkey, Taşpınar reminded that the precipitation continued to increase after March.
Taşpınar underlined that the rainy season throughout the country reflects positively on the crop expectation, and said:
“In the light of regional evaluations, we estimate that the yield in this production season will increase by 3.75 percent compared to the 20 million tons average of many years and reach 20 million 750 thousand tons. We have no doubt that the wheat purchase prices of the Turkish Grain Board will take care of both the producer, the industrialist and the consumer. “The prices announced before were like this. It is useless to confuse our producers with various cost and price evaluations before the harvest period.”
Pointing out that the projects to bring water from the outer basins to the basins with insufficient water need to be reconsidered for sustainable wheat production, Taşpınar explained that the nationwide implementation of income protection insurance in wheat would benefit the producers.