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Ukraine’s Winter-Wheat Crop May Be Below Forecast, Center Says

October 06, 2011

Oct. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Ukraine’s winter-wheat harvest next year may be 3 million to 4 million metric tons lower than estimated after dry weather in September delayed sowing, according to the national Hydrometeorology Center.

An “incomplete harvest is ensured,” Tetiana Adamenko, head of the agro-meteorology department at the weather center, said by phone today from Kiev. Dryness caused farmers to leave about 1.5 million hectares (3.7 million acres) bare, she said. Around 18 percent of winter wheat was sown after the optimal period and 20 percent was never planted.

As much as half of the grain sown for winter will be at risk and dependent on weather, according to Adamenko. Farmers may seed barley next spring in fields where crops were lost because of weather, she said.

Temperatures will decline and rain is likely across most of Ukraine starting Oct. 8, Adamenko said. Wheat and rapeseed will require warm weather in November to develop sufficiently for wintering, she said.

--Editors: Dan Weeks, Sharon Lindores.

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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