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Ukraine May Lose 10% of Planted Wheat on Drought, Center Says

September 28, 2011

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Ukrainian farmers may lose a 10th of the wheat they’ve sown as drought afflicts large parts of the country, according to the national Hydrometeorology Center.

“At least 10 percent of wheat that has already been planted is going to be lost,” Tetiana Adamenko, head of the agricultural department at the center, said today by phone in the capital, Kiev. About 70 percent of Ukraine is in drought, she added. The affected areas will probably be planted with corn and sunflowers in the spring, Adamanko said.

Wheat and rapeseed are sprouting “very poorly,” Adamenko said. Rains that may fall before Oct. 5 will most likely be insufficient for robust growth of plants, she said. While rainfall after Oct. 5 will help winter grains to sprout, the plants will require warm weather in November to strengthen sufficiently for winter, according to the weather center.

Ukraine was hit by drought last year, prompting the government to impose quotas on outbound grain shipments from October to June. The restrictions were replaced with export duties.

--Editor: John Deane

To contact the reporter on this story: Kateryna Choursina in Kiev at kchoursina@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Claudia Carpenter at ccarpenter2@bloomberg.net


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