Russia’s top grain producing area Krasnodar received about half the normal amount of rainfall last month, leaving winter grain with dry leaves and small seeds, the state weather center said.
The region received 37 millimeters (1.5 inches) of rain in May and temperatures rose as high as 34 degrees Celsius (93 degrees Fahrenheit), about 3.8 degrees Celsius higher than usual, the center said on its website today.
“These conditions affected the plumpness of winter grain in May,” the center said.
Rainfall in early June improved growth conditions for spring grain in the area and was too late to help winter plantings, the center said.
Krasnodar harvested 8.8 million metric tons of grain, or 13 percent, of the national crop in 2012-13, according to state statistics data.
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