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Ukrainian Winter Grains Sprout Across 71% of Planted Areas

December 07, 2011

(Updates with ministry comments starting in second paragraph.)

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Ukrainian winter grains sprouted on 71 percent of seeded areas as dry weather damaged crops, the Agriculture Ministry said.

Plants in satisfactory condition accounted for 69.2 percent of the total and 30.8 percent were classified as weak, the Kiev- based ministry said today by e-mail.

Weather conditions were “unfavorable” for development of winter grains in southern and eastern regions including Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa, Kherson and Mykolaiv, according to the ministry. Ukraine’s south and east produce most of the country’s grain.

The ministry said it’s preparing for reseeding in spring of areas with winter-crop damage. Replanting may cover 1.5 million hectares (3.7 million acres), it said.

--With assistance from Kateryna Choursina in Kiev. Editors: Dan Weeks, Alastair Reed.

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