Russian crop update


After a long, dry and hot Spring the main plantations across the rich growing areas of Crimea and Krasnodar failed to seed after flowering early and only reaching a minimal growth. There was in fact zero seed harvest in Crimea and very little in Krasnodar. The impact of this is clearly felt locally as we had already anticipated a smaller crop from a significantly reduced growing area of up to 70% (much larger than most predicted), but the devastating yields have compounded what is the worst Russian crop in many many years. Farmers stocking seeds are holding the market to ransom as demand from the oil and spice markets is far greater than supplies which will cause difficult market conditions in the month ahead. Stock available from late September. Limited availability.


A small harvest took place in June as planned but with lower the average yields the net output was significantly lower than in normal years. Stock available for immediate shipment.


Some of the driest conditions in recent times have led to devastating crop with many regions experiencing zero production. Those with a crop harvested for pre-committed seed sales and not for oil production leaving some significant gaps in this year’s supply. After some late rains there was hope that some young plantations maybe worth to crop but this wasn’t the case and we anticipate a total deficit of 90% of oil over last years’ averages.

Clary sage crop failier due to drought


Due to late rains during the usual harvest period, harvesting has been delayed by a few weeks. A combination of new and old plantations across different regions has somewhat protected the production yields over other crops, despite poor growing conditions. There will be some losses from earlier forecasts considered to be around 30% which in normal times would be poor but reflecting against other crops can be considered thankful. Stock will be available from mid-September.

New Artemisia plantation surviving the drought


The plantations under our management were destroyed due to severe drought conditions and as a result there is no oil production in the region.


It has been an average season from across the Russian Federation and neighbouring states with production inline with expectations. Newer plantations will start to yield in 2019 were it is hoped overall production can be increased. All stocks have been exhausted.


The mid-Spring crop survived the hot and dry conditions and despite yields being slightly reduced there was a small harvest. Chamazulene levels suffered as a result but the quality is still significantly better than the averages from other counties.