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Southern Russia's Winter Grains Helped by Intensive Rain

November 12, 2012

Winter crops in southern Russia, the world’s third-biggest wheat exporter last season, were helped by intensive rain last week, according to the national weather center.

Rain fell from Nov. 7 through Nov. 10 across the Southern and North-Caucasus federal districts, the Federal Hydro- meteorological Center said on its website yesterday. The two districts accounted for almost 35 percent of Russia’s national crop last year, harvesting 32.6 million metric tons of grains, according to state statistics.

The Stavropol region and North Caucasus republics, where some districts had been suffering moisture deficits, received 20-30 millimeters (0.8-1.2 inches) of rain and “conditions for sprouting and growth of winter grains have improved significantly” there, the center said.

Weather conditions were due to be mainly satisfactory for further development of winter crops in most parts of European Russia in the 10 days through Nov. 20, the center said.

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