Rains and storms are forecast in Russia’s Southern, North Caucasus and Volga federal districts today as heat affects Siberia and the Urals area, the Federal Hydrometeorological Center said.
Hail is expected in the Krasnodar, Stavropol and North Caucasus republics in the country’s south, the weather forecaster said on its website.
The Southern, North Caucasus and Volga districts accounted for 57 percent of Russia’s national grain crop last year, harvesting 53.8 million metric tons of cereals, according to government statistics.
Temperatures may rise as high as 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over the three days starting today in most of the Urals Federal District, the center said. The forecast also applied to main grain-producing areas in Siberia, including Altai and Novosibirsk, through July 23.
The Urals and Siberian federal districts accounted for 23 percent of 2011’s national grain crop with a 21.9 million-ton harvest, the statistics showed.
Russia was the world’s third-biggest wheat exporter last year after selling 21.3 million tons of the grain in the 2011-12 crop season, U.S. Department of Agriculture data show. Exports from the country will drop to 12 million tons in the current season after dry spring and summer weather this year affected southern regions and Siberia, according to the USDA.
Russia’s Agriculture Ministry on July 17 predicted a national cereal crop of 80 million to 85 million tons this year, down from 94.2 million tons in 2011.
Wheat for September delivery climbed 1.7 percent to $9.1825 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade by 2:15 p.m. Moscow time. Prices are up 41 percent this year.
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