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Ukraine Winter Grain Plantings Advance 3.8% This Year

December 20, 2011

(Updates with winter grain condition from fourth paragraph.)

Dec. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Farmers in Ukraine planted 8.39 million hectares (20.7 million acres) of land with winter grains such as wheat, barley and rye so far this year, up 3.8 percent from 2010, according to the country’s statistics agency.

The area planted with winter wheat increased 2.4 percent to 6.71 million hectares, while winter barley sowing climbed 10 percent to 1.37 million hectares,the Kiev-based office said in a statement on its website today. Winter rapeseed has been planted on 961,600 hectares, 11 percent less than a year earlier, according to the statement.

About 27 percent of winter grains, or 1.69 million hectares, were in good condition as of Dec. 15, according to the Agriculture Ministry’s data. Satisfactory winter grains were found on 39 percent of the area and weak plants on 34 percent.

Winter grains failed to emerge on 1.9 million hectares, the ministry said. Winter rapeseed sprouted on 79 percent of areas.

--Editors: Sharon Lindores, John Deane

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