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Rosstat Says Russia Grain Sowing Rose 48% Compared With Year Ago

May 15, 2012

Russia’s grain and legumes sowing by large agricultural companies grew 48 percent year-on-year to 4.1 million hectares (10.1 million acres) for the new season to May 1, the Federal State Statistics Service said.

Wheat sowing by large farms increased 85 percent to 676,000 hectares in the March to May 1 period, compared with a year earlier, the service, known as Rosstat, said in an e-mailed statement today.

Corn sowing grew 85 percent to 442,000 hectares, sunflower seed planting rose 59 percent to 816,000 hectares, while sugar- beets fell 6.8 percent to 620,000 hectares, Rosstat said.

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