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Ukraine’s Winter-Grain Planting Declines by 7%, Ministry Says

October 04, 2011

Oct. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Ukrainian farmers planted 7 percent less winter grain as of yesterday compared with a year earlier, the Agriculture Ministry said.

Farmers sowed 5.1 million hectares (12.6 million acres) with winter grains compared with 5.5 million a year ago, the ministry said late yesterday in e-mailed statement.

Winter rapeseed also declined, to 890,000 hectares from 981,000 a year earlier, according to the statement.

Between 10 percent and 15 percent of winter grain and rapeseed areas have optimal soil humidity, while the rest of plantings are in unsatisfactory condition because of drought, the ministry said.

--Editors: John Deane, Alastair Reed

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