Grain yields in the east of Russia’s Rostov region, which produced the country’s third-biggest crop last year, trailed the rest of the territory as drought damaged plants, according to data from the local agriculture ministry.
Yields of winter crops that are being reaped now were 1 to 1.3 metric tons per hectare (2.47 acres) in eastern districts, Mariam Ananyan, spokeswoman for the ministry, said today by e- mail. In Rostov’s southern districts, which have suffered less drought damage, yields were 3.2 to 3.4 tons, she said.
Rostov farmers reaped winter wheat from 35,200 hectares and winter barley from 2,400 hectares to date, the ministry said in a statement, after they started harvesting this month. Rostov harvested 7.7 million tons of grains last year, or 8.2 percent of the national crop, according to state statistics data.
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