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Ukraine Needs to Replant 40% of Winter Grains, Center Says

January 12, 2012

(Updates with snow and temperature forecast from third paragraph.)

Jan. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Ukraine will need to replant 40 percent of winter grain in spring because of damage caused by adverse weather, said Tetiana Adamenko, head of the national weather center’s agro-meteorology department.

“We are concerned that there are no forecasts of a significant solid snow pack,” Adamenko said. There will be snow in western and northern parts of the country, Adamenko said.

Frosts are expected and temperatures will be minus 10 to 15 degrees Celsius (5 to 14 degrees Fahrenheit) for between Jan. 10 to Jan. 20, Adamenko said. Some 70 percent of winter grain plants isn’t fit to survive such temperatures for more than three days without snow, according to the meteorologist.

The condition of the country’s winter grains didn’t deteriorate in December and early January, according to the national weather center.

--Editors: Claudia Carpenter, Nicholas Larkin

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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