Land irrigation program
KSG Agro Holding has begun a program of agricultural land irrigation. First at the farms of Apostolovsky and Solonyansky districts of the Dnepropetrovsk region. This program intends to provide the necessary amount of moisture to agricultural crops in our arid climatic steppe zone. Such crops include soybeans, corn and other crops. Of particular importance is the need to receive high yields of green mass of corn to provide animal feed at LLC Rantye’s pig farm. The program of land irrigation will enable usage of new technologies of plant feeding and protection.
Land irrigation program
Harvesting late crops at KSG Agro Holding
The KSG Agro Group’s farms began harvesting late crops, in particular sunflower and corn. Sunflower is already harvested at 65% of sown fields. The average yield is 3.1 t / ha. Corn is being harvested too. At the moment, this crop has produced a yield of 6.5 t / ha. Part of the areas sown with corn was intended for growing green mass for the fodder base of Rantye pig-breeding complex. The yield of silage has amounted to 30t / ha.
At the same time, the holding continues the autumn sowing campaign. Fields are being prepared for sowing winter wheat with some 10 thousand hectares planned for this year. For a better primary processing of land during the sowing campaign, the new powerful machinery was acquired. These are Lemken’s 10 plows and tillage equipment.
Winter rape is being sowed too.
Harvesting of early cereals
KSG Agro Agricultural holding completed the harvesting of winter rapeseed and barley.
Winter rapeseed is harvested from fields with an area of 6 thousand hectares, with the average yield amounting to 3.0 t / ha. Barley is harvested from an area of 4 thousand hectares, the average yield is about 3.9 t / ha.
The harvesting of peas is also completed; the area of crops is 115 ha, with an average yield of 2 t / ha.
By July 9, 2018, the third of the winter wheat fields were harvested. Yield forecasts are optimistic and will be announced at the end of harvesting.
KSG Agro participates in scientific agrarian research
KSG Agro Agroholding takes an active part in scientific activity, cooperating with Mironivskiy Institute of Wheat named after V.M. Remesla of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine.
In 2018, the company participates in the institute’s program to expand the range of use of wheat varieties, barley of Myronivska selection. The program considers the adaptation of winter and spring crops in our climatic zone. The agroholding has processed a breeding site for wheat and barley varieties of the Mironivsky Institute for researching the timing of crops, germination, drought resistance and yield in the steppe zone of the Dnipropetrovsk region.
On June 13, there was a celebration of the Day of Field at the demonstration site of winter and spring grain crops of the Mironivskiy Institute of Wheat named after V.M. Remesla located on the field of “Zatyshne” in the Krinichansk district of Dnipropetrovsk region.
During the event the guests were introduced to the achievements of agrarian science and new technologies of growing crops.
The scientists of the Mironivsky Institute spoke about the achievements of breeding, peculiarities of growing crops, agrotechnical and protective measures carried out at the demonstration site.
Everyone could ask a question of interest and get a comprehensive answer.
The group of KSG Agro’s top managers visited AGRO-2018 agro-industrial exhibition.
Stands that demonstrated agricultural machinery, equipment and spare parts triggered the biggest interest for plant growers.
To improve production, introduce innovations, partners were selected for refurbishment of seeders in the agro-holding’s machinery and tractor fleet. To improve the process of sowing and streamline its quality there is a need to convert simple sowing to sowing with the simultaneous application of fertilizers into the soil. The managers could find the necessary partner to re-equip the existing seeder park. An important technical aspect was about the opportunity to examine modern tools and mechanisms for optimal soil preparation in spring – field work. The agroholding professionals were interested in the rotary harrow, which allows to retain moisture during soil cultivation, and in many other exhibits.Additionally, partners were found to introduce the latest technologies used in agribusiness for precision farming, automation and control, as well as enterprise management.
The exhibition turned out an effective platform for improving production.
Spring field works started in February, despite the cold weather, at the KSG Agro agricultural holding farms. As of April 20, the organic fertilizing of winter crops was carried out in all planned areas. The spring sowing campaign began in the second half of April. Traditionally, the main crops in the crop rotation will be sunflower, corn, sorghum, and another culture – buckwheat – is added this time. Since April 20, it is planned to start sowing sunflower. Later in May, maize, sorghum and buckwheat will be sown.
Sowing areas are planned as follows:
Sunflower – 15 thousand hectares
Corn – 2 thousand hectares
Sorghum – 3 thousand hectares
Buckwheat – 300 hectares.
In general, the area of winter crops in the holding is about 20 thousand hectares, the crops are in good condition. Areas of winter crops are:
Barley – 4 thousand hectares
Wheat – 10 thousand hectares
Winter rapeseed – 6 thousand hectares
The holding farms are fully provided with high-quality fertilizers and modern agricultural machinery and instruments.
After the introduction of four new biofuel boiler houses in the Dnipropetrovsk region in early November, the total amount of heat generation with renewable fuel – pellets – grew by 52%. This was reported by the agricultural holding’s press service.
Within part of the program to modernize the boiler houses in rural schools in the Dnipropetrovsk region by transferring them to heat generation through renewable biofuel pellets, KSG Agro agri-holding put into operation two boiler houses in the beginning of November 2017. New boiler houses are launched in schools in the village of Zorya in the Tomakovsky district and in the village of Nastasovka with a total capacity of 1.2 megawatts
After commissioning two modernized boiler houses, the total amount of biofuel heat generation at KSG Agro agri-holding increased by 52% from 4.25 to 6.45 MW in comparison with the previous heating season. Modernization of the boiler houses was made at the expense of the holding’s investments in the amount of about UAH 3 million, without attracting budgetary resources.
“Transferring rural school boiler houses to biofuels is not only another step towards the independence of the region and the country with respect to Russian energy carriers, but also a real saving of budget funds for heating – up to 40% compared to natural gas and coal,” says KSG Agro’s Chairman of the Board of Directors Sergey Kasyanov. According to him, the holding plans to further transfer rural schools in the Dnepropetrovsk region to fuel pellets.
As previously reported, KSG Agro launched two modernized boiler houses on biofuel – fuel pellets – in schools in the villages of Trituznoye and Nadezhdovka in the Solonyansky district of the Dnipropetrovsk region in October. The volume of KSG Agro’s investment in two boiler houses in the Solonyansky district, with a total capacity of 1 mW, amounted to UAH 1.5 million. In addition to boiler houses in schools in the villages of Trituznoye and Nadezhdovka in the Solonyansky district of the Dnepropetrovsk region, in early October a boiler room for a canteen in Novopokrovka school was put into operation.
The fuel for all modernized boiler houses will be produced at a new workshop in Novopokrovka. The planned capacity of the shop is 2400 tons of fuel pellets per year. The modern granulation line of OGM 1500 will be used as the equipment.
KSG Agro launched two new biofuel boiler houses in schools of the Solonyansky district of the Dnepropetrovsk region
KSG Agro launched two modernized boiler houses operating on biofuel – fuel pellets – in schools in the villages of Trituznoye and Nadezhdovka in the Solonyansky district of the Dnepropetrovsk region. This was reported by the press service of the Holding.
Within the program of boiler-house modernization for rural schools in the Dnepropetrovsk Region, KSG Agro Agri-holding completed the construction and launched two modernized boiler houses operating on biofuel – fuel pellets – in schools in the villages of Trituznoye and Nadezhdovka in the Solonyansky district of the Dnepropetrovsk region. Before modernization, the school boiler houses operated on natural gas or coal using technically and morally obsolete equipment that needed operational replacement. The problem was solved thanks to the investment from KSG Agro in the amount of 1.5 million UAH into two new boiler houses for schools in the Solonyansky district, with a total capacity of 1 MW. Such re-equipment will allow local councils, in which the schools are located, to save up to 40% of the funds paid for heat.
“Together with the territorial communities, we are implementing a program aimed at modernizing boiler houses of rural schools in the Dnepropetrovsk Region to switch from heating with expensive gas or coal to fuel pellets,” says Sergei Kasyanov, Chairman of KSG Agro’s Board of Directors. “This program is being implemented at the expense of the holding’s investments without engaging funds from the state budget. As a result of its implementation, budget savings for each facility will amount up to 40%.”
As announced earlier, the agri-holding announced the launch of five new biofuel boiler houses in rural schools in the Dnepropetrovsk region prior to the beginning of the heating season. In addition to schools’ boiler houses in the villages of Trituznoye and Nadezhdovka in the Solonyansky district of the Dnepropetrovsk region, a boiler room for a canteen in a Novopokrovskaya school was put into operation in early October. Moreover, two more boiler houses will start functioning in the schools of Tomakovskiy district of the Dnepropetrovsk region before the start of the heating season.
At present, the total amount of heat generation by KSG Agro is 5.25 MW, which is 25% more than in the previous heating season.
It is planned that a new workshop in Novopokrovka will produce fuel for all five boiler houses, to be put into operation also before the heating season. The pellet line of the workshop has already been assembled and is currently being tested. The planned capacity is 2,400 tons of fuel pellets per year. The modern OGM 1500 granulation line will be used as the equipment here.
Climate change in the Dnipropetrovsk region and the related need to introduce gentle soil treatment technologies under arid conditions have become the main reasons for the renewal of the KSG Agro fleet.
Acquired by the agricultural holding the newest samples of American agrotechnics allow not only to cultivate the soil sparingly but also to increase the yield per hectare.
Thanks to the contract signed by KSG Agro for the purchase of American agricultural equipment produced by TITAN MAHINERY Inc., the KSG Agro’s farms received the newest agrotechnics – telescopic loaders Agri Farmer, caterpillar tractor Case IH Steiger 600, units for preseeding treatment of Great Plains 4000 TM (Turbo Max) and vertical tillage – Great Plains Max-Chisel already at the end of September.
“Climatic changes in the Dnipropetrovsk region have led to the prevalence of dry weather, which requires a change in traditional approaches to agricultural land processing,” says Sergey Kasyanov, Chairman of the Board of Directors at KSG Agro. “That’s why we renewed our park with agrotechnics, which allows us to gently treat the soil in drought conditions, while increasing the yield per hectare.”
“It is gratifying that KSG Agro agri-holding was one of the first in the region to provide its farms with the know-how for vertical tillage that enables them to accumulate all the moisture in the soil during the growing season and between such periods, and also significantly increase the yields” , – commented Vladimir Eremenok, the director of the department of business development and introduction of new technologies at TITAN MAHINERY Inc. According to him, the use of Case IH Steiger caterpillar with a capacity of 600 horsepower, by the way, the largest model used by the Ukrainian agricultural holdings, allows to ensure high productivity and quality of tillage.
Currently, the acquired agricultural equipment is distributed among the farms that are part of the holding.
On September 26, 2017, KSG Agro Holding, SPO Ukrsorgo, the Institute of Animal Husbandry of the National Academy of Sciences jointly held a hands-on scientific seminar “Sorghum of the Dnepropetrovsk region” in the village of Zatyshne located in Krinichansky district of Dnepropetrovsk region.
Sorghum’s main advantages and the experience of its cultivation under the conditions of the Dnepropetrovsk region, the technology of planting and harvesting this crop, the issues of plant protection products and the use of machinery in planting and harvesting sorghum: these were the main topics of the hands-on scientific seminar “Sorghum of the Dnepropetrovsk region”. The event was organized by KSG Agro AgriHolding, LLC SPO UkrSorgo, and the Institute of Animal Husbandry of the NAAS and Department of Agri-Industrial Development of the Dnepropetrovsk Regional State Administration. More than 120 seminar participants checked out on sorghum crops and what modern technology can do now.
“If before, sorghum was considered mainly as an agricultural crop for the needs of own animal husbandry, now agrarians rely on it both to meet domestic demand and for export,” says Yaroslav Bardin, general director at LLC Ukrsorgo. “From the export point of view, the Chinese market looks like the most promising. China imports large amounts of sugar sorghum, both for feed and for producing alternative fuels, such as bioethanol”.
According to Mr. Bardin, a much higher yield of starch (70-74%) is possible with sorghum than, for example, with corn (67-72%). And in sugar sorghum – a complex of sugars in found in the juice of stems, so we have a greater yield of alcohol. “This culture is the future of bioethanol production. If you also use grain in addition to stems for the production of bioethanol, you can get up to 7 thousand liters / ha per year. In addition, sorghum can grow in the steppe and forest-steppe zone, giving quite high yields, “- said the agrarian.
Sergei Kasyanov, the Chairman of the Board at KSG Agro, also noted the main advantage of sorghum: unpretentiousness to moisture, which is especially important in the Dnepropetrovsk region, which partly belongs to the zone of risky farming.
“Sorghum is an excellent alternative to many traditional cultures. It is no coincidence that it ranks 4th in the world after wheat, maize and rice by volume of cultivation. For example, according to the energy value, the grain and the green mass of sorghum are in no way inferior to corn, and even exceed the amount of protein,” – said the Chairman of the Board at KSG Agro”. It is important that sorghum is less hygrophilous and more drought-resistant than maize. For example, it needs half the moisture vs corn. Expanding the crops of sorghum, we get a valuable forage crop for the cultivation of pigs”.
Sergei Kasyanov noted that the current season, in partnership with the NGO UkrSergo, KSG Agro sowed 617 hectares of sorghum and plans to expand the sown areas in the future. It is a grain sorghum: white for the production of cereals and red for mixed fodders. Harvesting began late September.
The seminar participants focused on sorghum’s main advantages: adaptation and survival in arid climates, falling into anabiosis in the absence of moisture, high growth rate (up to 15 cm per day) in case of precipitation, excellent quality in feeding animals – cattle, pigs and chickens.