(Updates with corn, sunflower forecast from fifth paragraph.)
Jan. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Ukraine’s grain harvest may fall by 20 percent to 30 percent this year from a year earlier after drought damaged winter crops, Kiev-based agriculture researcher ProAgro said.
The wheat harvest will be about 14 million metric tons in 2012, the researcher said in a statement e-mailed late yesterday. Ukraine reaped a record 56.7 million ton grain harvest last year and wheat accounted for 22.3 million tons, according to National Statistics Office data.
Farmers will have to re-seed about 2 million hectares (4.92 million acres) of winter grain even if the weather is favorable for the rest of the winter, the researcher said. Re-seeding of winter rapeseed may reach 300,000 hectares, according to the statement.
Winter grain losses will be offset by increased planting of corn, barley, oats and sunflowers, according to ProAgro. Corn planting may rise by 21.5 percent to 4.4 million hectares and sunflower seed areas by 14.5 percent to 6.2 million tons, the researcher said.
Spring barley planting will exceed 2.9 million hectares compared with 2.6 million hectares in 2011, according to estimates by ProAgro.
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