Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- The winter wheat in Ukraine that’s emerged was 22 percent smaller than a year earlier by Dec. 8 after the driest autumn in at least 50 years, UkrAgroConsult, a research company, said.
Winter wheat sprouted on 5.14 million hectares (12.7 million acres), down from 6.63 million hectares a year earlier, UkrAgroConsult said in e-mailed statement today.
Winter wheat in “good” condition amounted to 1.41 million hectares, down from 3.66 million hectares a year earlier, the company said. The amount of “weak” wheat covered 1.71 million hectares, up from 483,100 hectares a year earlier, the researcher said.
Winter grains sprouted on about 77 percent of planted areas as of Dec. 8 compared with 71 percent a week earlier after some rains helped wheat and barley to emerge in some regions, the researcher said. Crops on 1.3 million hectares probably won’t emerge, the researcher said.
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